“Then the Lord said, ‘You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh…’” (Jonah 4:10-11).
It can sometimes happen that the conveniences and comforts of religious life supersede the actual mission of the church. What were once counted as niceties in congregational life become necessities to an ever-wanting consumer. When a shade plant becomes a greater concern than a lost city, perspective has been lost. Each of us can probably fill in the blank of a shade plant we have come to sit under to make the Sunday church experience more enjoyable; something that was once just nice to have but has now been deemed “necessary”. It’s only as we acknowledge it that we can maintain a missional perspective.