“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
Over the years, I’ve said a lot about the seasonal nature of the church and the seasonal nature of the Christian life.
What is true for the church and for the individual Christian is also true for spiritual service or ministry. It too passes through different seasons.
God built seasons into His creation for many reasons. One of which is to teach us spiritual lessons. “First the natural, then the spiritual” . . . “Does not nature teach you?”
Take Paul of Tarsus, for example. Paul’s ministry was centered on preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ and establishing churches upon that revelation. But Paul didn’t always do that.
After his first church planting trip, Paul spent a lengthy period of time with the church in Antioch, a church he didn’t plant. Following his third church planting trip, he spent time with the church in Jerusalem, another church he didn’t plant.
There were also seasons where God sovereignly limited Paul, allowing him to undergo imprisonment for a period of years.[Continue Reading…]