Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Plodding Along

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 30, 2016
Who wins the race in the fairy tale of the tortoise and the hare? Of course everyone knows the tortoise won by consistently plodding along while the hare, though much faster, got off course and was distracted to the point he lost to a much slower competitor. I am not making allowances for slothfulness, but there have been many flashes of greatness in church planting that quickly fizzle. Consistency and determination are both necessary ingredients to build a church. There will be difficult times in every ministry and it will be necessary to weather the storm of adversity. Plodding along is sometimes necessary to get the job done.
Scripture clearly teaches the value of faithfulness. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58. While some men are very talented, skilled and capable to build something, building a church requires more than skill or talent. Planting and building a church involves prayer and fasting as well as many additional spiritual responsibilities. A man’s family and especially his wife must be equally committed to the task of church planting because they are vital to the church’s success. Prayer, Bible teaching and discipleship are unique elements the ministry that are not part the business world but in the religious world they are invaluable. Plodding along can get the Lord’s work done if a man and his family are faithful and committed. 
Following biblical principles is more important than a Sunday morning attendance. Compromising the truth changes the message and lessens the effect of the gospel. Compromise can lead to a rapid growth that will be temporary. Long term growth means that a man has been faithful to uphold the truth of God’s word without compromise.
John the Baptist stated, “He must increase and I must decrease.” This statement reveals the humility of John. It is clear his intent was to point men and women to Jesus and not himself. Plodders usually work humbly and with little notoriety. The preacher’s goal should be to exalt Christ and keep himself secondary. 
Plodders can easily be intimidated by the seeming rapid success of other church planters. It is dangerous to compare your results with other church plants. Every man should learn to work hard, plan carefully and be faithful every day. The response to good planning and hard work may be very different from town to town and the measure of success is not always evident by the number of people attending on Sunday morning. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. - - 1 Corinthians 4:2.  Faithfulness is not dependent upon talent, it is dependent upon obedience. Every man can be faithful.
The man of God that invests his life plodding along faithfully over a long period of time will reap tremendous benefits and see the results of great fruit. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. - - James 5:7  Faithful and determined plodding can result in building a great work  for God.