​​Weekly Devotional

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I am saved today and I owe an everlasting debt of gratitude to the congregation that cultivated my soul. They were a small baptist church in Northeastern Oklahoma such as IBC Newton. They preached the gospel and walked in Christ in front of me and I noticed it. Their witness was strong and their faith was evident in their love for God and their community. They helped me grow in the Lord. I know now that if we plant and water diligently we will grow as well. We will find a shepherd in a similar manner.
Jesus said, “go and make disciples of all nations,” right? So, how do we do this thing?
Our church isn’t growing and it needs a new pastor. Should we continue on “business as usual? What purpose will that serve? There are more important things to attend though.
Remember, the world is lost and going to hell and our task is to save some of these souls. 
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 
(1Corinthians 9:22)
Can we grow? How will it work itself out in our daily walk? Will a new pastor change this?
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
(Galatians 5:14)
Is our church a place of fellowship and community; a place where young people might want to raise their children? I believe that we need more than a new pastor today. We need a new attitude and focus. We must do and be the very things that we would want or expect out of a church. We must learn to comfort and console others. We must listen to the guests to have complained of our shortcomings. Then we must change! We must pray more and reach out to Newton and other towns now. ( Matthew 9) says [Jesus] “felt compassion for them because they were distressed and downcast”…(JUST LIKE US) “Like sheep without a shepherd”...We are the workers...Let us not be few!
During these very volatile times, we can make our new church a peaceful respite for a new pastor and a revitalized congregation. Folks, change is the only constant thing in the world. It is unavoidable. I believe we will change or we will cease to exist. The question is which direction we will go and who will guide us through it. I, for one, think we can do this thing we are trying to do.
However,  we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit. He will grow our church!
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 
(1Thes. 5:11)
 We can illuminate our community if we grasp kingdom purposes and operate within them and be selfless. After all, your soul is safe but what about your neighbor’s condition? We must not be selfish.
This whole thing is about the Holy Trinity, NOT you and I, and how comfortable and satisfied we are with OUR CHURCH! 
NO, it is Jesus’s church. 
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)