I had to share my absolute favorite quote from Neil Cole’s most recent book, “Organic Leadership“.
I wonder if God likes getting the credit for all the crap we do.
This quote comes from a section where Cole is writing about the sin of self-preservation. This is the sin we see when churches, organizations, ministries, etc. died long ago, but are being kept alive artificially with man’s systems, institutions, and organizations. When I was young in the ministry, I visited MANY churches such as this, and I still know of some that continue to hold on to a “life” that is but a distant memory now.
Sometimes, actually often, things need to die in order to live. After all, Jesus did say, “Truly, truly I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” (John 12:24-25, NASB)
In fact, CrossLife, actually had to die last year in order for us to finally begin seeing the life we always dreamed of. Once we decided to “die”, we began seeing a new life that has not stopped. In fact, it even multiplying! I am excited to see what Father will do in the future with our “dead” stuff.
I would rather see God get credit for the great things He does rather than the second-hand crap, we can do!