Last Sunday, two teams played in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The goal of the Super Bowl is to win, and the Patriots met that goal. And they didn’t get there by lounging around and doing nothing. They knew their purpose: to get to the Super Bowl and score more.
Mark 4:30-34–Again [Jesus] said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
Our purpose as members of the local Church is to grow numerically. We want to see more numbers on the scoreboard–more people coming to Jesus and beginning their journey with Him. Every person matters to God, and that is exactly why every person should have the opportunity to enter into relationship with Him and live out their purpose on earth. We can see this in action with something called the Ministry Multiplication Cycle: we bring people in from where they are, build them up to start their relationship with Christ, train them in their faith, and then send them out to help other people begin the cycle so that the Church is multiplied.
Jesus gave a group of His twelve closest friends a mission in Matthew 28: to go and make disciples. He wanted them to multiply! Then, not long after Jesus gave them this mission, Peter was speaking to a huge group of people. And Acts 2:41 says, “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” Can you imagine? 3,000 new believers in a single day! That’s incredible!
We are the Church, and our purpose is to grow larger. Wouldn’t we want to see the numbers multiply if we truly believed that meant multitudes of people were coming to know Christ? We aren’t supposed to just be fans on the sidelines watching the game, but to be on the field, doing all we can to make sure that as many people as possible hear the Good News about Jesus.