With a year to cultivate our soil in order to bear fruit - will we?
We want the fruit of ministry - baptisms, stories of change, meaningful connection, new churches/ministries, but we really need to address the root through relationships - both with God and people.
Our ability to relate to others is fueled by our relationship with our creator. Spiritual disciplines are work - they are spiritual training that not only change our lives but connect us to our God.
We all love to see people make the decision to follow Jesus and be baptized. Few of us spend time cultivating relationships with people who have not made that commitment.
+1 Relational Hour
Who we spend time developing our relationships with says a lot about the condition of our hearts. Relationships aren’t meant to be something we leverage for our own gain, they are a blessing from God that he uses to bear fruit in his kingdom.
It’s easy to chalk disciplemaking up to a task and forget that the task is only completed through committed relationships.