Planting……

At this time of year it is not hard to think about Jesus and what He has done for us. I was talking with someone this morning and pulled the old cliché out, “It’s all about Jesus….” It is a shame though that we don’t have this attitude throughout the year isn’t it! How do we know that Jesus was actually born on December 25th anyway……….. As we do approach the festive season though and all that involves we do want to throw out the challenge that we trying to ‘live out’. This Christmas may you be reminded of the ‘planting’ of Jesus into our existence. John writes this,

 

“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His Glory.” (John 1:14)

 

 The Father gave Himself to us through His son. Through this ‘planting’ of the glorious into the common and sinful our Father revealed His Glory. It is interesting that John does not say that “The word became a book and was put into a library to keep it safe!”. Everything about God and what He wanted to do was made “flesh” and subjected to the “working out process” of life here on earth. God’s glory was made available to the masses. The knowledge of the Father was given to the nations.

 

This Christmas may you be encouraged as you “work it out” in your own lives.

 

May you see the ‘planting’ of the Gospel of Jesus outworking in your own life. That is the start. For many of us we need to re-discover what it means to be passionate for Jesus and His work. Then may you see how you ‘fit’ with God’s bigger plan to reveal Himself to all creation. After all Jesus, totally expressing the heart of the Father, did say, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Please pray for us as we seek to plant the Gospel into the lives of people here where we live. People who are broken and who have very real problems. We have a vision to see a network of simple house churches growing in this area. But this ‘fruit’ will not grow without the work of ‘planting‘ and ‘sowing’.

 

That’s why we love the picture of an acorn. It is very small but when it is planted correctly it has the capacity within its DNA to grow into a big Oak tree.

 

Please pray for the families and people we are building relationships with that Jesus will call them to be His followers. And please pray for the wider network of individuals and churches/ministries that we partner with. That they too will be led by the Father in the things they are doing.

 

We unashamedly want to throw out a challenge for 2010. Who will respond to the call of God? We can all pray for ‘increase’, for “The Church” to grow and for people all around the world to be reached. But as Paul wrote in 1 Cor 3:6-9 WE have a part to play in this, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” Like us – you might feel like what you are doing is at times so small and insignificant. But isn’t that what Jesus said His Kingdom was like in Matthew 13: 31-33?If you are called to plant then plant. If you are called to water then water. And most of all it is all about Jesus – He is the God of increase and the Lord of the harvest. Yet in His Grace He has called us to share in His work. Give yourself unreservedly to Jesus and His work.

 

Keep going and thank you for your prayers

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matt park December 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm

love your openess mate thanks for sharing your heart with us bless you dear friend !

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