When “The Reconciler” left this planet, He committed unto His disciples the ministry of reconciliation. The church exists not as a celebration of our past reconciliation, but as an army of reconcilers. A church that is not reproducing itself is as useless as a fruit tree bearing no fruit.
The church was not meant to be a well-proportioned ornament—providing shade for its own branches; it is intended that it should sacrifice its limbs to the weight of excess fruit. We train our children, not that they might rise in the world, but that they might descend into the place of need to deliver captives. The standard by which one measures success in this life will be viewed with sorrow and disdain in the next. The ultimate goal of the church and of the family is to reach the world with the good news of Christ.