In The Purpose Driven Church, Rick Warren talks about how to gauge a church’s health:
“I believe that you measure the health or strength of a church by its sending capacity rather than its seating capacity. Churches are in the sending business. One of the questions we must ask in evaluating a church’s health is, ‘How many people are being mobilized for the Great Commission?’” (32-33)
On a similar note, in The Purpose Driven Life, Warren talks about the attitude and posture that ought to characterize the life of a follower of Christ:
“To fulfill your mission will require that you abandon your agenda and accept God’s agenda for your life. You can’t just ‘tack it on’ to all the other things you’d like to do with you life. You must say, like Jesus, ‘Father,…I want your will, not mine.’ You yield your rights, expectations, dreams, plans, and ambitions to him. You stop praying selfish prayers like ‘God bless what I want to do.’ Instead you pray, ‘God help me to do what you’re blessing!’ You hand God a blank sheet with your name signed at the bottom and tell him to fill in the details.” (286)
Warren’s perspective is helpful here, as all followers of Christ should be mobilized for the Great Commission and yielded to God’s will for their lives, While this should be our heart’s desire, our sin and selfishness can make this perspective difficult. That’s one of the reasons we’re getting together at the Multiply Gathering, to encourage one another in obedience to this great task. God’s grace and power are sufficient.