Google+ 06/30/14 It All Starts With Just One!

1 John 2:13-14

I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ,

Who existed from the beginning.
I am writing to you who are young in the faith

Because you have won your battle with the evil one.
I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father.
I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ,

Who existed from the beginning.
I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong.
God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.

 

Today's world is so caught up in numbers.  We hear it all the time.  Sold-out attendance figures are posted for many sporting events, yet we see the empty seats.  Theme parks boast capacity attendance and yet people are sent home from work early because there are not enough guests in the park to support the staffing.  Companies spend thousands of dollars advertising for employees and yet every night in our church we have at least two or three people who need a job and can't buy a newspaper and don't have internet.  All of these events have one thing in common.  We have forgotten that, as Christians, we must focus on "one at a time!"  Christ's message is often lost in large numbers of people.  Just ask the large churches that seat thousands how fast their congregations are declining.  Jesus never wanted us to be lost in a crowd of five thousand.  That's why He fed everyone, one person at a time.  He blessed the loaves and fishes, not His assistant pastors.  Jesus multiplies everything He touches.  The disciples picked up the leftovers, to feed another day.  As a pastor, I am focusing on "one at a time."  I ask Jesus to bless everything we do before we do it.  I ask for God's guidance all day in what we do and I do not try to squeeze Jesus into my Outlook calendar.  As a servant, I am blessed to pick up the scraps to feed God's people another day.  Let's understand how we create many in Christ Jesus.  "It All Starts With Just One!"