“We in our mission efforts see comparatively few signs of a force so mighty and so universal as spontaneous expansion. This in itself is a sufficient proof that our method of mission work is a strong restraining influence rather than freely expanding. We so often ascribe the absence of missionary zeal to the incapacity of our converts, rather than to the restraining influence in ourselves. This is a sufficient proof of our blindness. We pray for manifestations of zeal in our converts, and instinctively shrink from taking steps which will realize this same zeal in ourselves. This tendency is sadder than it is surprising.”
There were times in the Book of Acts when the unsaved could not deny how God spontaneously expanded the church. During one attack on the new Christians (e.g. Jason), they said, “These men…have turned the world upside down and have come here also” (17:6). I sometimes wonder if we are more interested in being acceptable to the world and our surroundings than we are in bringing the gospel message of deliverance from sin to the perishing.
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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