Monday's Ministry Morsel
In discipleship studies this week I was reminded of the blessing of the law of multiplication. It is an amazing concept that investors and financial gurus are well aware of.
What follows is an example that was given in our discipleship material.
The question is posed--'Would you rather have a penny doubled every day for a month or a million dollars in cash?
Most would immediately seize on the opportunity to 'cash in' on the million dollars but that would not be the wise choice.
With the blessing of multiplication at work for you, the process begins with a penny. The next day you would have 2, the next 4, the next 8 and the next 16 pennies. After 7 days you would have a whopping $.64 cents in your pocket or purse. But at that rate of return, on day 20 you would have $5,242.88 and on day 25 of the month you would have $167,772.16.
Many would say I am still better off to take the million up front in cash.
However, you would shortchange yourself because on day 28 you would surpass the million dollars by $342,177.28 and on day 30, the last day of the month you would have $5,368,709.12.
What started as a paltry penny amassed an amount of over 5.000,000.00 in 30 days!
The Bible tells us that at the resurrection there were 11 disciples and a few women who made up the core of what would become the church. Some would be added along over the next few weeks and then came Pentecost. As a result, the Spirit of God so profoundly filled their lives that the church began to multiply. They had been adding a few prior to Pentecost but when the Spirit came adding gave way to multiplying. (3,000 on one occasion and then 1,000's more over the next few months.) Some have estimated that in the first 30 days after Pentecost there were over 15,000 new converts. And as you might imagine, there arose some complaints.
Acts 6:1 says--"now in those days, when the number of disciples was multiplying--(present tense)--there arose an opportunity disguised as an obstacle.
In response the twelve summoned the multitude to gather together to seek the Lord and seek from among the group those who would minister to these 'pressing' needs. From it came the first servants of the church. Needs were being met and souls were being transformed, daily!
Acts 6:7 says--"then the word of God spread and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith."
God was at work on such a level that even the religiously minded of the day were being saved.
What began with ONE, soon became 2 and then 4, then 8, then 16, and so forth and so on.
Don't settle for adding when you can multiply!
Never underestimate your contribution to the cause of Christ. You may not think you have much to offer toward ministry. Offer what you have been entrusted with freely & fully every day and watch God multiply it!
If $.01 can become $5,368,709.12 in 30 days, what can God do with a soul yielded entirely to Him in a year or in a lifetime of faithful service! I don't have that answer but I know it's BIG!
Evangelist D.L. Moody is attributed as saying, "“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
Worthy goal for each of us on Monday with a week full of opportunities ahead of us!
Invest wisely! Jesus is coming and He is bringing His reward with Him to give to everyone according to his/her work. Revelation 22:12
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
Time to start multiplying in ministry!!
1 Corinthians 15:58