QUOTE If we live as children in a world lacking real maturity, then we are led by those who are physically stronger or intellectually more articulate. We perceive ourselves as grown because there are no examples of adult obvious to us. We operate as adult even as orphaned children must in order to survive. Yet something within us proclaims a restlessness that there must be more. It is because children should be children. Desiring to be a father and caring for children does not make one a father. Becoming a father is a process of time, an accumulation of experience, and involves the transference of a seed of life into a suitable container to contain that life.
This is the predicament of the organized church. Children who know no real maturity striving to proclaim reality which is past their experience and comprehension. Because they cannot "know" by virtue of their "age", they must operate not by spontaneous living, but by structure and rules which only gives the appearance of what they wish to be.
There must be fathers within the church. Those who operate by an inner knowing of who they are and are able to comfort the children. Encouraging them to be children. To give understanding to the young men, knowing their rebellion and search for gifts and God's power is a natural part of their becoming. Fathers who have no goal and no vision, except to love those whom they have been given that they also might know the Life. Fathers who produce fathers.
COMMENT There are times when a spade must be called a spade and when we need to embrace repentance rather than self congratulation.
I know a man who plants real churches by planting Jesus. He is steeped in Jesus rather than in a ‘passion’ for some christian abstraction or an addiction to ‘my ministry’. He is often beaten up in the region in which he works. There is a physical cost to his faithfulness. Yet Jesus once raised a dead girl on account of His faith in his Father. This brother plants sons of God rather than tares. He is Father because he is also a son.
I received the above quote in an email from a friend today. Startlingly similar to the content of our last post. I’ve encountered the ‘leadership’ of promoters of home groups and house churches by those who have never been in one. Many of them are still born. There are boys rather than men and salesmen rather than Fathers. We begin the express the image of our Father in Heaven when we come to see that our ministry is not about us.
‘See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven’ Matt 18.10 NIV.