Family sickness under control, back to blogging.
When Union veterans discussed the battle of Antietam, 1862, which Union General McClellan criminally mismanaged, they regretted that he didn’t use 25,000 of them at all! Their use, in addition to better tactics, would have broken Lee’s army.
That has a definitive spiritual meaning. Preachers may overlook the spiritual energy latent in their congregations. Which, by the way, often ignites unpleasant conflicts better controlled by putting Christians to work for Jesus in their communities.
The Biblical basis of Christ’s method is his promise to the Twelve when they went out to preach by two’s. He gave them “authority to drive out demons.” The Markan text explains that: Jesus not only called the Twelve; he also commissioned the Twelve; and empowered the Twelve for success in his commission. He wouldn’t send them out prepared without gifting them to succeed Mark 3:13-15.
Though Jesus projects success anytime we serve, our limitations may bring failure. But the fault lies in us, not in the spiritual potential within us. However, and this is Christ’s encouragement, by persevering in service, trying again when failing, never giving up when stifled, we eventually succeed. We ultimately bring honor to our Lord by consistently using his power in our discipleship.