In those days, as the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint by the Hellenistic Jews against the Hebraic Jews that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution. – Acts 6:1
What are some of the signs that God is at work in and through your ministry? One sign would be changed lives (not just changed behavior). Another would certainly be multiplying followers (note the distinction from a multitude of decisions). Yet, I believe there is another sign that often goes unconsidered.
That’s right, conflict. If your ministry (the number of Christ-followers) is growing or making a spiritual impact in the lives of those you are seeking to reach, you may be assured that conflict will soon follow. The important thing to remember is that while conflict is never pleasant, it is not necessarily negative. Conflict … in any form … is an opportunity to manifest God’s presence (by extending His grace to others) and wisdom (in its resolution).
Church history proves that through conflict, disciples often multiply and grow. The hardest part is finding Christ in the midst of it all, but know that He is there … usually doing some pruning.
Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. – Winston Churchill