by Tim Shorey
I have been much in meditation in this past year on apple seeds. Apple seeds have become this means of me seeing the glory of God.
An apple seed is really, really small, but it’s a lot bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Put it in the ground and what happens? A tree happens. And then what happens? Hundreds and thousands of apples happen on that tree. Then what happens? Millions of apples end up eventually growing out of those apples as their seeds fall into the ground. If you’re so inclined you can take the wood from apple trees and you can warm houses, or you could build houses, or you could build sky-scrapers if they made sky-scrapers out of wood. You could also build boats if they made boats out of apple tree wood. I’m not sure they do that, but you get the point. Inside an apple seed there is a world of existence. There are millions of apples and thousands upon thousands of trees and houses. What is on the inside of an apple seed is far bigger than what’s on the outside of an apple seed.
The same is true of every true church of Jesus Christ. Every local church is far bigger and far more magnificent on the inside than it is on the outside. There is no such thing as an inconsequential local church. There is no such thing as an unimportant local church. The local church is part of God’s plan for his kingdom. Your church matters in the purposes of God.
* Adapted from Tim Shorey’s sermon 10/21/2012 “The Local Church: A Hidden Wonder.” Posted here with permission.