Squirrel-Like Church Planting
It’s that time of year again! The squirrels are out in force tearing up our landscaping, burying every acorn or other nut they can find to get prepped for the winter. I’ve heard that 25% of the nuts squirrels bury are harvested by other animals. Another 25% are never found and have a chance at becoming trees one day that provide homes and nuts for another generation of squirrels. So squirrels work hard in order to provide for their future and unknowingly provide for other animals and for future generations.
Love this as a metaphor for the work of church planting.
- Church planting is about planting and burying seeds.
- Our hard work, our passion, our rushing around should be to plant as many seeds as we possibly can in the hearts of people on our way to a healthy, evangelistic, self-sustaining church planted.
- Our own harvest will relate to the number of seeds we plant.
- As we go, we should know, some seeds planted will result in a harvest for other churches. Praise God!
- And some will not be harvested for years to come and may never connect the dots back to us. Praise God!
Don’t see church planting as primarily about you and your survival. It’s about the kingdom and the work of church planting may grow your church, but if not, it will provide for others and for the future. Now let’s go bury some seeds!