Grow the family: Grow the Kingdom
March 10, 2016, 12:26 PM

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!    2 Corinthians 5:17  

Again, spring is rapidly approaching and signs of new life are beginning to spring forth.  This time of the year as I anxiously await the signs of new life spring brings, I am also reminded of this verse of 2 Corinthians 5:17.   However, this year the passage has taken on a significantly different meaning both personally and spiritually.

On a personal level, as most of you are aware, our family has expanded by four members.  Trust me, life as we understood it one year ago has been completely redefined.  The assumption is that new family members have to learn to incorporate into the existing family structure and lifestyle.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  You see, with new people, (young and/or old), a brand new dynamic enters the picture.  The complete DNA structure is rearranged to form a new living organism.  Remnants of the old combine with the elements of the new to produce a new living being called our family.   Some parts remain recognizable, while others parts maybe the best parts, could have never been foreseen.  A really great byproduct of this process allows those things which were not healthy to our new success, as a family, to be easily be eliminated.

Why do I choose to share this with you?

I have been in Sublette and as United Methodist pastor for nearly 21 months.  It is only very recently that I have begun to feel incorporated into this church family.  Only through my personal experience in my own home, I have learned to understand the change in dynamics and the uncertainty created by allowing new family members to become fully involved.  There is a very real risk of changing the entire structure and lifestyle.  What happens when we are called to the task of adding several new members?  The entire DNA structure of what you have known will change.  Sure, there will be visible remnants of the old, but everyday life will be lived as brand new creation.  I believe God calls us to this type of change frequently in order to renew life and grow; both personally and spiritually.

I ask the question, are you ready to grow?  I don’t mean any sarcasm by asking.  I know the very significant impact a ‘yes’ answer will have on the dynamics of our church family and the structure of everything we have done.  Our life, as a body of Christ, will be very different.  It has to in order to incorporate the best qualities of all our members.  But, be assured of one thing.  My life has been significantly blessed, maybe even more then ever, by allowing this process to happen within my own home and family.  God will bless what is good and righteous.

Build the kingdom of God, make new disciples of Jesus Christ, transform the world, and allow the body of Christ to grow.

Peace and Blessing to you all, my family in Christ,

Pastor Eddie Pennington