God has always desired multiplication of his blessing. It’s why he created the earth and placed Adam in it. To govern it, be fruitful and multiply God’s blessing.
“Then God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply.” Genesis 1:28
This is the same today. Consider our relationship with God. We were once “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1), yet because of Jesus we are blessed, free of condemnation and have full access to our Father, whose love for us cannot be fathomed. This relationship that we have with God is intended to be multiplied into other people and so build the church. Acts 6:7 reports that after a time of disciples being “added,” that the number of disciples in the church was now being “multiplied greatly.”
Multiplication beats mere addition! In his book “Driven By Eternity” John Bevere points out the difference between adding and multiplying:
“Let’s consider a pastor who wins 10,000 people to the Lord every month. Would you consider this an effective ministry? Probably so. But do you know how long it would take him to reach the world? The answer is a staggering 50,000 years… Now let me give you an example of great multiplication. Let’s say you win two people to the Lord and get them plugged into your local church. Then the next month, each of those two people lead two others to the Lord and get them plugged into the local church. The next month each of those four do the same, and the following month each of those eight do the same. If this trend continues, do you know how long it would take to reach the entire earth’s population with the gospel? The answer is a mere 33 months!”
People now hostile to God across nations will find him if we, Living Hope church, multiply ourselves like this. There are simply too many people out there on the Isle of Man and the nations for mere “addition” through a handful of elite ministers making “converts.” You see there is a difference between a convert and a disciple. Someone who sees themselves as a convert may tow the line, and subscribe to the title of “Christian.” But a disciple has an agenda – a multiplication agenda. This kind of multiplication mentality is exactly what Jesus wants to teach us in the Parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11-27).
Let our goal not to be comfortable converts but to be courageous disciples. God wants every person he created to find him, in every nation and every era (Acts 17:26-27, also see Psalm 96:2-3). Let’s trust God as we walk in his ways faithfully, we will become disciples that multiply.
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