Worship, Grow, Serve, and Go! These divine directives are plainly displayed in the calling of Peter in his promotion from fisherman to "fisher of men." Following three and a half years of earthly ministry together, we see in John 21, verse 15 that Jesus asks Peter the bold question, "... lovest thou me more than these? ..." In verses 18-19, Peter's response was met with an account of the Saviour's pending mode of death and resulting glory. Jesus continues in verse 19 with yet another, "... Follow me." His command was an indication that Peter's followship meant repetitiously doing as He taught and as He instructed. It was a training-infused moment.
It may seem simplistic to say, "Worship, Grow, Serve, and Go!" However, remember Paul's admonishment to the church of Corinth:
2 Corinthians 11:1-4, "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."
Our quest to infuse the terms Worship, Grow, Serve, and Go! into our church is for those who are in Christ, those who are already spiritual, regardless of the level. The end goal is to mature their walk with the Lord. We are to foster their worship, encourage their growth, commend their service, and prepare them to go.
Galatians 6: 1-2, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
As pertaining to those without Christ, it is the desire of our church to be a "refuge" for the lost and a "hospital" for the broken. Those in need must find us interested more in them than preserving a museum piece for curious onlookers. Seeking God's face as we minister to others will help us stay focused on the things of Him and His Word.
2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
The call to God's people, us, the church, is clear. May we be willing to take this verse and apply it phrase by phrase. As in Isaiah 28:10, "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"
May I ask you today to take a few moments and pray for the staff, our (His) church, and myself. Pray that I, as well as you, will become all God wants of us.
Written by Dr. Bill Duttry