Dave Rankin, a fellow Church of Scotland minister, is doing a series of interviews in these days of Lockdown. This is but one example of creative ideas for ministry, mission and building one another up in the faith, that seem to be flourishing. This is the interview with me! Sorry that my face goes light and dark in the bright sun sun and fast moving clouds of the afternoon!
I should perhaps say that there was no prior knowledge of the questions, but I felt God was in the questions, and, dare I say it, in the answers I found myself giving. No prior warning is the way I prefer it.
Anyway, here it is. If you want to know what makes me tick, you might find some understanding of that from what follows…
While listening to this today, and I was hearing the ‘pings’ of incoming messages (bringing a word of encouragement etc from many sources) a picture came to me.
Every spring we see birds constantly flying to and from their nests, their beaks laden with food for offspring whose hunger is never satisfied.
In our churches, we can behave like that too; always demanding to be fed, forcing our leaders to present more and more food to satisfy demands.
There are two main facets to which our attention needs to be focussed in this.
1. Pastors get weary of this even when willingly providing the right food.
2. Those being fed should grow, fly off and forage for food themselves.
The empty nest symbolism reflects our churches during this Covid-19 time of trial. Many in those churches behaved like hungry baby birds even though they should have been grown and seeking God in mature ways.
The picture does not reflect every facet of caring for a church. None of us is independent of other parts of the ‘body of Christ’.
But thinking on food, we grow fat and unhealthy when it is provided in abundance, especially to full grown adults. This leads to diseases associated with obesity.
It is up to every one of us to work at feeding on Him through the Word and relationship in still, silent moments.
If this is useful, good. If not, ignore!