“It is Not Always the Size of the Crowd”
Today’s thought is a little shorter than most. I just finished reading the parable of the sower. I have discussed that parable with you and if the Lord gives me the strength I will address it again as it comes into my reading. But at this time, something right before this parable stood out.
Please read the following verses. Mark 4:1-21
1Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
Now if you think of the title of my thought, I was impressed by the size of crowds that Jesus preached to. In this account, there were so many people in the crowd, Jesus preached from a boat on the lake. We remember when He preached to the 5,000 and the 4,000. And that was only counting the men. There might have been women and children, the numbers could have been between 15 to 20 thousand that were fed. That would have been no problem for Jesus. The point that jump[ed out was, here is the Son of God preaching and teaching. And He drew large woes. After Jesus’ death, how many people following the Lord’s disciples.
What does scripture say? Acts 1:15
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) NIV
I believe most of us would like to have the churches we attend or pastor grow. It is not always about the size of the crowd. I would argue it is the Spiritual maturity of the ones who gather.
So if you are going through challenging times and experiencing an attendance slump, while we wait to see what our churches will look like post-pandemic, we certainly can and should be working on Spiritual Maturity. We will be helped and guided by the Holy Spirit to achieve what the Lord desires from us.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;