It’s been 27 years since God called me to Scotland. In that time I have witnessed the church grow smaller, older and become more marginalised. Yet I am a prisoner of hope, as a Christian I can be no other. At the start of the year, God spoke to me through an Alan McKinley song, ’This Gardens going to grow.” I believe it is. There is of course evidence for that hope. As I look at the church today, I see a greater unity, a willingness to be involved in the community and a greater burden for prayer. In 1 Corinthians 3:5b-6 we read these words; “We are only God’s servants.…Each of us did the work God gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts and Apollos watered it, but it is God who made it grow.”
Whilst it is clearly God’s responsibility to make the garden grow, he does call us to play our part in proclaiming the Good News and in being Good news. Let’s make sure that we also play our part in watering through prayer and encouragement. This week I heard of at least two young people who are thinking of getting baptised. My prayer is that this will just be the first of many more.