While praying this morning the Holy Spirit reminded me "there is strength in numbers." Often I have shamed myself for thinking in terms of how many attend the bible study I have the privilege to teach.
So it took me by surprise to hear the words "strength in numbers."
Often we get so comfortable with just the average or enough that we forget more can be better. See we live in a world where pride is rampantly dangerous! However that pride is all too often based on "self". You know what I mean, the "it's all about me" generation. If we think of our home church becoming big or bigger, some of us shiver because we won't be the same or we won't know everyone. In some cases perhaps it’s that we won't know everyone's business (just saying).
This morning I am reminded that Jesus is very comfortable with numbers especially when speaking of His Kingdom. In Matthew 9, He tells us (his disciples) that the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. Jesus said these things after going throughout the cities and villages teaching, proclaiming (preaching) the gospel and healing. Now there is another sermon for sure, the work that is to yet to be done! But let me move on.
Paraphrasing verses from Matthew 25, the master says to his servant “here take these 5 talents multiply them and bring them back to me.” The servant did as commanded! The master saw and said "well done, good and faithful servant."
In Matthew 16, Jesus told Peter "on this I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Don't you agree Jesus must be about building and numbers?
In "Ministry Life Coaching" (my class) God has given me two fundamental sayings which are our platform for going forward. We are "not in competition but we are into reproduction (making disciples)". And the second fundamental saying truly tells us how we are able to accomplish that task. "Our Spiritual Gifts are God's abilities given to us for His glory and to build His Kingdom."
To my Fort Mill Church of God peers and the Ministry Life Coaching group, friend's day is coming. Have you decided to help build His Kingdom? Remember "there is strength in numbers!" And to my blogger friends, how about you? Are you busy building His Kingdom?
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
This and another encouraging devotions can be read at Spiritual Sundays