Preparing the Horse

I’d like to offer a few thoughts in line with Joel’s post yesterday entitled, “Do Your Best.”

Evaluating the “health,” “growth,” or “success” of a cell and/or cell church is tricky business, isn’t it?  What are the measurement sticks?  Multiplications?  Baptisms?  New Believers?  Number of Celebration attenders in a cell group?  Tithes/Offerings?  While all these “indicators” might render some thoughts concerning health, growth, or success… are they the true measurements?

I’m quite confident that God will not “score” me on the above indicators.  God:  “Rob, why did you have a dip in your Celebration attenders attending a cell in 2006?”  Somehow, I don’t believe He will ask such a question.  I trust you agree?

Through author and pastor Larry Osborne, I was reminded of Proverbs 21:30-31 which reads:  Human plans, no matter how wise or well advised, cannot stand against the Lord.  The horses are prepared for battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Larry writes in his book, Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, “The passage reminded me that final outcomes are in the hands of the Lord.  It’s his will that prevails…[there is] one thing I could control, and by inference, the one thing I’ll be held responsible for:  How well was I preparing my horse for battle?  It cause me to realize that during my Dark Years I was asking the wrong question.  I asked, `How are things going?’  I should have asked, `Am I doing the right things?  Am I preparing my horse for victory?’  In the end, that’s all I have any control over.”

If you appreciate Larry’s thought, then you must consider, “What are the RIGHT things?”

Something tells me the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.  Therefore, “Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”


by Rob Campbell

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