Bless or build?

Three years ago this question was on a flipchart. In Heerde during the monthly meeting about the developments of Royal Mission. The intensity of the question went deeper than we thought.

Let me explain using an important comment from my father. You should know that he has traveled half the world as an evangelist and has reached multitudes of people with the gospel. He also spoke almost every weekend in a church and regularly at large conferences. At the same time, my parents had a small Bible school at home with an average of 10 to 12 students.

My father will be 79 next month. Looking back on his life, he said three years ago, “If I were to do it all over again, I would have preached less and taught students more. Speaking at conferences and in churches is a beautiful thing and I call it blessing. People are almost always happy and encouraged by your words. But those same beautiful words are very fleeting and are quickly forgotten. Teaching, on the other hand, and sharing your life with a smaller group is truly building. It’s slow, it’s not big, but you lay solid foundations and it ultimately bears much more fruit.’ Those were my father’s compelling words.

With that look back in mind, there was that question before us. Are we mainly blessing or are we also making time to build? Multiplying bread for a crowd of 5,000 is impressive. What a blessing! But working intensively with 12 students is life-changing. That is building people brick by brick. Of those 5,000, not one name has become known, but 11 of those 12 disciples gave their lives for Jesus. Apparently construction has an enormous and, above all, lasting impact.

That question on the flipchart three years ago caused us to change our course. We were mainly blessing. Our focus was mainly on big and fast. Now we want a fifty-fifty ratio between blessing and building. For example, our part-time Bible school was founded two years ago and the youth worker training last September.

We continue to bless, because God always wants to bless. But ultimately, He wants His children to change. Construction needs to happen. We are meant to become fundamentally different people in our thinking and behavior. Rebirth is grace, but sanctification of life is a path that takes time. Stone by stone, step by step, becoming more like Jesus.

That process is not great on the outside, but it is the greatest work that God wants to do in us. Completely changing us from the inside out so that we are completely like Him. Just as God began in Genesis with people who look like Him! The Kingdom of God is “within you” (Luke 17:21). That’s where it breaks through. Let’s build. Building God’s Kingdom in people!

About Martin Koornstra

Getrouwd met Karin, 2 mooie dochters, passie voor Jezus, spreker, schrijver, trainer en een beetje gek!

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