Below are my notes, my interpretation, of a sermon given by Dawson Trotman in 1955.
“Emotion is no substitute for action. Action is no substitute for production”
A baby is a reflection of the parents in the sense that a baby will grow and become a parent of more babies. God said: “be fruitful and multiply”. Adam as first-Adam multiplied, likewise Jesus as second-Adam also multiples.
God’s plan is that everyone has a part, the only reasons someone can’t have a child are that:
- If they are NOT married or union – likewise we need to be united and live with the Messiah if we are to be fruitful and multiply.
- If they have a disease, sterility – likewise we need Christ to take away the disease/sterility of Death over our lives as a result of sin. We need to be Christians in order to reproduce Christians. Do we have sin in our lives which unresolved, this will be a barrier to reproduction?
- If they are NOT mature – likewise they are immature in their faith they won’t become reproducers. We can all the head knowledge we want, but this doesn’t mean we are mature. Unity is connected to maturity (Eph 4.13).
God wants Christians to multiply.
- How is your devotional life? Or do you have excuses. One of the reasons for sterility is lack of Union with Christ (John 15).
- Where is your man/woman? How many people do you know, by name, which are living for Christ today? Or are the people just going to church. Are they producing more producers?
Ask God for one, ask for one man. Not two but one – one of like-heart.
There is a difference between sterile Christians and producing Christians. What stops us from producing producing-Christians?
- The devil wants to stop you producing.
- We can get too busy with “Christian-things” (ministry), without making producing Christians.
- Neglecting “follow-up”. We can tell people about Jesus everyday and make sure that we speak to at least one person a day, but if we don’t follow it up we won’t see producing.
Philippians 1.6 comes alongside verses 3,4,5 & 7:
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
Pauls followed up his ministry with teaching (letters), thoughts, fellowship, prayer, love and sharing work!
Not every time we sow, will we see a harvest, but eventually we will.