Meanwhile Back at the Ranch . . .
Posted: Monday, June 19
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Verse of the day:
“Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.” (Acts 12:24 NLT)
If you’ve never read Trinka Noble’s “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch,” I think you’re missing out on a classic! It’s a brightly illustrated children’s book about an old farmer who heads out for an exciting day in the town of Sleepy Gulch. The highs of his adventure include stopping by the post office, eating potatoes, and watching a turtle cross the street. The gleeful irony is what happens meanwhile back at the ranch. The farmer’s wife wins the lottery, inherits an estate, strikes oil, and stars in a movie! The old farmer misses it all.
In the Book of Acts, the church expands with every chapter. It’s as if each section opens with a repeated line… “Meanwhile back at the ranch, the word of God spread, and there were many new believers.” The good news for the church today is this: the kingdom of God is still expanding! Every day in America and around the world, new believers are coming to Christ for the first time. In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus promises Peter, “I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” The growth of the church is an unstoppable event propelled through history by the love of Christ. God’s kingdom WILL advance.
The question for the believer is this . . .
Are you going to be in the middle of the action? Or are you going to be in town watching a turtle cross the road? Will your spiritual fervor be fixed and unwavering? Or will the immediacy of this life cause you to miss out on the great commission? I don’t want to be distracted. I don’t want to miss out on the greatest evangelical movement this world has ever known. I want to be in the middle of it. In the words of Isaiah, “Here I am. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)