One chop at a time

If you have to see a tree fall every time you pick up an axe, you will spend your life on little projects. There are great trees worth turning into beautiful houses that can only be brought down by a thousand small, faithful chops.

John Piper

I’ll admit, it’s hard for me to persevere through long term projects. I recently decided to begin a lengthy training program for a half-marathon and I’m already getting impatient with the regimen- I want to push myself faster and longer than the program permits. Two or three chops should do it, right? In cases like this, I’m encouraged by the reminder above, that our small, faithful chops matter over the long run. I often apply this to our ministry together in our church.

Week after week, showing up and sacrificially giving our time and presence to others builds a culture. You can’t create a healthy church culture in one chop. Over time, our small efforts as living stones are building us into a beautiful and spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5).

We need this reminder because our microwave culture teaches us to feel like our consistent and sacrificial efforts can’t really matter in the long run. But we’re building into a supernatural reality that spans centuries. Millenia. By God’s grace, our small faithful chops will be worth the effort.

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

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