Church history is replete with stories of how ‘natural minded’ men seek to control the work of the Holy Spirit with bureaucracy and red tape. Another such story came across my desk per a dear friend. The explosion of church planting and missionary work in the early days of America are filled with stories of sacrifice and uniqueness among the circuit riders who blazed trails across this country to take the gospel to every man in horrid conditions. Both Methodist and Baptist missionaries traveled in difficult conditions and with God’s Spirit to plant thousands of churches among the unreached in our great land.
When we get too ‘big for our britches’ we begin to think more in terms of organization instead of organism. This shift has been the death of many movements of the Holy Spirt within Christianity. Here is another sad story of how organization can kill the Holy Spirit’s work, and of how one pastor refuses to submit to the ‘red tape of death’ for the burden the Lord has called him to. Kudos to Jake Kale for carrying the call of early Methodism to reach the lost, even when it requires him to leave modern Methodism.
When we learn to let God be God, it is amazing what He can accomplish through yielded vessels! We are in dire need of leaders who:
* Stay on their knees in prayer
* Cultivate a life of humility
* Understand the expansion of faith from a biblical view
* Realize the call is bigger than themselves
* Understand God cannot be placed in a box
* Commit workers to the care of the Holy Spirit
* Stop the micromanagement
* Seek the lowly and simple patterns of multiplication
* Resist the seduction of ‘business church’
* Die to the spirit of competition
What would you add?