Do Church with No Limits
by Sam Roberts (pastor First Baptist, Stuttgart, AR)
Recently, I was visiting with a friend, a farmer who was studying data retrieved from the recent harvest. He was able to compare the yield to the pH level of the soil and determine the performance of the various varieties of rice planted.
“The main question I want to ask at this point of the study phase is,” he said, “did the variety meet its potential and, if not, what was the limiting factor?”
That’s an interesting phrase – the limiting factor! Jesus identified a limiting factor to the growth of the Kingdom.
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)
Asking questions to identify and address limiting factors is an essential step for the church that desires to join God on His mission. Questions such as:
- What can we do better to reach more people for God’s Kingdom?
- What do we need to begin?
- What do we need to bury?
- What do I need to change?
When it comes to experiencing a harvest, are you willing to ask the tough question, “What is the limiting factor?”
Father, we want to be ready for the harvest in our community. Reveal to us our limiting factors. Grant us the faith and courage to follow you in making changes necessary for the harvest.