Well I am back. Not sure how often I will post but wanted to share what has been on my mind. I have been thinking a lot lately about Luke 10:2 and Mark 4.
Luke 10:2 says,
“Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send out workers into the Harvest”
Over and over Jesus used parables to teach about his Kingdom. These parables often had an “Organic nature” to them. The parable that best defines the Organic Essence of the church for me is the Parable of the Sower in Mark chapter 4. This parable is in fact a foundational parable in understanding Jesus parable teaching on the Kingdom. Through this parable I have come to believe that the organic essence of the church is its reproductive nature.
Mark 4:1-12 describes the farmer scattering his seed and it landing on four different types of soils.
* The path
* Rocky places
* Among thorns
* Good Soil
In verses 13-20 he explains this parable. It reads as follows:
“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand this parable? how then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the Word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sow on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
The organic essence of the church is its reproductive nature. From the beginning of time God created a reproductive process by which seed would reproduce according to their kind.
In this parable it is interesting to note the third soil. I believe that this is where much of the church world lives today. They fill the sanctuaries and homes across our nation but have been sterilized by the things of this world rendering them “unfruitful” or non reproductive. They look like plants, they smell like plants, they have all of the markings of a fruit bearing plant minus the fruit.
The organic essence of the church, whether it meets in a conventional manner or in a home, is reproduction. The fourth soil, the “good soil”, is the church at its purest. It is producing a crop – in exponential amounts. It is when the church gets back to its organic essence that it will change the world. Satan is not threatened by three of the soils. It is the fourth soil that scares him and causes him to fight so hard to deceive the church into believing that they can continue to live in one of the other three and be fine. Many today are deceived, believing that more people sitting in a building is reproduction.
The heart of the Organic Church movement is to rethink what it means to be and “do” church and to rework the soil of our lives allowing the seed of God’s word to penetrate and naturally reproduce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times. “For the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
Let’s go be the organic church everyday, everywhere