Suppose we visited a manufacturing plant and were told it was meant to produce heavy duty trucks. The plant is only in operation a couple of days each week. The raw materials, steal, rubber, aluminum and plastic are stacked on pallets and ready to be used. We enter the plant on a day it is in operation and are surprised to see only one man working. He’s welding a frame together while everyone else is watching. As he works, he explains in great detail everything he is doing. We assume it’s some kind of training seminar. However, no one is allowed to ask questions or actually share the work.
When we return to the plant three days later we find exactly the same thing. The same man is working and everyone else is watching. So, we ask. “How many trucks do you produce using this method of production?’
“About one or two a month,” we’re told. “We believe we could do more if our man worked more and talked less.”
We ask if we can see a finished product and are taken to the rear of the plant. Expecting to see a shiny new heavy duty pickup we are surprised to see a bicycle!
I know it’s a silly illustration but it’s meant to ask a question. What is the fellowship you attend or lead producing?
Many pastors would be growing their congregations with one or two new members each month, but that’s not the question. The question is, what are we producing? If we’re meant to produce super heavy duty trucks and we’re producing bicycles, something is wrong.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”
Matthew 28:18, 19a
What are disciples? Are we willing to ask the questions? Are we afraid of the answers? Do we think we already know the answers? Is anyone listening to us? How far are we willing to go to be part of a Kingdom that produces fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ?
What is being produced where you gather with other believers?
To be continued…