Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

'Cultivate Astonishment in Us'

A few months ago, Jared Wilson wrote a wonderfully provoking little article about the church, and its mission in and for the world. It came to mind tonight as I contemplated the morning gathering of God's people tomorrow. Read it below.

Do it Heavenly Father, cultivate astonishment in us. For your glory, and the sake of the lost of this world.

About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. — Acts 19:23
These men who have turned the world upside down . . . — Acts 17:6

We desperately need to change the subject in our cities. The Church has become wallpaper in too many of them. We recede into the background, staying indoors, safe and avoidable in our religious cubbyhole.

The Ephesian idolmakers rioted because they were put out of business, not by Christians protesting their industry in the parking lot, but by the pervasive spread of the gospel in the city.

We are not responsible for fruit. We are responsible for faithfulness.

God, no little disturbances, please. Please send big ones. Come down, disrupt, break things. Make us dust to breathe new life into us again. So that the Way may create no little disturbance for your glory again.

Help us to want what your servant Spurgeon calls “a glorious disorder.” Make us want to be bowled over. Cultivate astonishment in us. 

Teach us how to and empower us to change the subject. 

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. — Titus 2:15

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