In its most rudimentary state, Global Growth Factors are a variety of factors based on spiritual principles designed to enhance spiritual growth individually and corporately. These factors extend beyond gender, culture, and geography, thus providing the Body of Christ the opportunity to develop globally. These factors extend beyond gender, culture, and geography, thus providing the Body of Christ the opportunity to develop globally.
Why are Global Growth Factors necessary?
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27 (ESV)
The body of believers known as the bride of Christ will not be ready for our marriage with our Bridegroom until we can be presented as one cohesive unit free of “spot, wrinkle, or any such thing”.
In an effort to prepare us for our Bridegroom, the writer of the book of Hebrews admonishes us to lay aside weights and sins that “doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). Anything that weighs us down can tremendously stifle our progress in completing our God-given assignments. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Any weight heavier than Christ’s is a weight that impedes growth, and thus must be discarded.
A natural disaster has occurred which has devastated very remote area. It was reported that 100 people who were dispatched there for work has survived. A group of 10 people are scheduled to congregate there to relocate this group of 100 displaced victims. The displaced have nothing left but their broken, beaten, and bruised bodies. They must be physically carried from this area through a thick, dense forest approximately 20 miles away where they will be able to receive the care they need to heal, and the new beginning they will need for personal restoration. Due to the volatile conditions of the surrounding area, the team of workers only have 7 days to accomplish this task. Many of the victims must be carried. Some victims will require the assistance of 2-3 workers. Others may only need one. The workers will have no access to the more conventional means of rescue such as helicopters, medical equipment, etc. They only have their physical stamina and will to complete the task available to them. Thus, several trips will be necessary in order to successfully relocate all 100 victims to ensure their safety.
The rescue team was provided with preparation instructions. They were warned of the hazards and of the extreme conditions they were about to embark upon. Their instructions included how they were to pack. They were only to come with one backpack that weighed no more than 20 pounds consisting of their most basic needs. They were only to bring one change of clothing and very few toiletries. Even their accommodations were to be equivalent to those of the victims they were responsible for rescuing and the facilities simply didn’t have enough space to accommodate more than these meager items.
Additionally, they would need to keep all their belongings with them throughout their entire journey. This means that each member would be responsible for carrying approximately 100lbs (the average weight of the victims) one way in addition to the 20lb backpack per trip. To successfully complete the mission, at least two trips will be required per day.
On the day of arrival, the host was stunned to see that 8 of the 10 volunteers came with one 20lb backpack and one 50lb suitcase containing any additional items they deemed necessary. When asked why, they unanimously said “because the airlines allowed for this much baggage”, and “we don’t want to do without certain necessities”.
With all this added weight, how well do you think this rescue effort will be? Not only do each member have to determine if they will balance their own extra baggage, but they now have to determine which is more valuable? Their own baggage, or the life and safety of another human soul.
Within the Body of Christ, our God-given assignment is to go out into the world to preach Christ in an effort to pull the lost from the clutches of the enemy. How can we carry our sword when we are so heavily weighted with the cares of this world? There are many weights we often find ourselves lugging around that impede our progress in the Kingdom of God. These include things such as fear, insecurity, pride, to name just a few.
Sins are just that: Sins. These are outright transgressions of God’s law. Anything outside of the will of God is considered a transgression. Most everyone knows the 10 commandments and agree that violation of those are sins. But many people don’t consider things like backbiting, gossip, sowing discord, which are just a few behaviors that grieve our God.
When individuals come together to form a team towing all their access baggage packed with weights and sins, the entire team suffers and progress is delayed and at risk of abortion. This is the condition of the body of Christ today. Jesus wants to present us to Himself as one clean, pure, unified bride without a spot or a wrinkle.
How many brides have you seen walking down the aisle of marital bliss with blueberry stains on her dress? The excuse “something blue” just doesn’t cut it! How many brides maids have you seen wearing dresses that look like they just came out of the close hamper. When these bridal party walk down the aisle, they not only represent themselves individually. They represent the bride and groom as one unit. As we walk down the aisle of the kingdom of God, we as individuals represent not only ourselves in Christ, but Christ Himself as well.
As His bride, how can we begin to clean and purify ourselves so that we can become presented gloriously before our Bridegroom? We can begin by applying the Biblical principles that are spelled out within the Global Growth Factors.
In the days ahead, I will be posting more facto-based articles. I’d love to learn of some factors you you would like to explore.
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