Let’s face it: we don’t need special glasses to see how apathetic, inconsistent, and hypocritical the church can be. The problem, of course, is that it’s made up of people like you and me. Some things God does himself, flawlessly. Everything else he leaves for his people to do the best way we can. The best way, of course, is through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Even with the reality and power of that Spirit, Kingdom work can sometimes seem fitful and messy.
But don’t let the messiness blind us to the blessedness. Jesus sometimes compared the Kingdom of God to seed, and of course seeds grow in dirt. The seed of God's Word is the power of Jesus Christ himself. And something unique happens when Jesus touches dirt: instead of getting dirty himself, Jesus makes the dirt clean.
So Christians, let's be encouraged in the church. At times we may see mainly dirt, but God sees what's growing underneath—for our blessing and his glory.
(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley