i feel slightly guilty when i link to someone else’s blog. i mean, i’m publishing a blog post, but i’m expending absolutely zero creative energy. it’s like i’m taking credit for someone else’s work.
so what does it mean when i link to a blog where someone else linked to another blog who linked to yet another blog?
bob hyatt, the perspicacious pastor from portland, linked to a refreshing article kevin deyoung had written for tabletalk magazine that was posted on ligonier minisries website (whew! i’m out of breath after writing that!). the title of the article is “the glory of plodding” and it was like a drink of cold water for me. please read it when you have a moment. in the meantime, i will share a couple of salient points.
It’s sexy among young people — my generation — to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the newly engaged couple who think romance preserves the marriage, when the couple celebrating their golden anniversary know it’s the institution of marriage that preserves the romance. Without the God-given habit of corporate worship and the God-given mandate of corporate accountability, we will not prove faithful over the long haul.
What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.
The church is not an incidental part of God’s plan.
now you can see why this essay was so encouraging to me. i desperately want to be everything i can be for god. but i have finally come to the sad conclusion that i don’t have “the stuff” to be a prolific church leader.
but i can plod.