God’s vision for humanity is so much bigger than what we can imagine. We tend to try to make God fit inside of our cultural box, within the lines of what is comfortable and familiar to us, but all throughout the Bible we see Him crossing the lines of what is culturally acceptable and politically correct in order to bring life to those who need it. He wants us to follow His example. Jesus often took what was normal and flipped it on its head, shocking those around Him and bringing glory to God. He did things differently, but always for a purpose.
John 15:8 says, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” Jesus showed us how to produce fruit, and now we call this the Ministry Multiplication Cycle. This cycle is the circle of life in God’s Kingdom—we start by bringing people in. Then we build them up, and train them in their gifting and purpose. They are then sent out to continue the circle of life all around the world.
Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The disciples followed the example Jesus had spent three years setting for them, and the Church was birthed from their obedience. Even today, we still strive to continue the circle of life.
The reason the circle of life works is because it has us looking toward eternity. Shortsightedness makes it easier to give in to the pleasures of this world, but when we are eternity-minded, we can see that even though committing to Christ is difficult, it is so much better in the long-term. Romans 12:1 says, “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
Worship isn’t just singing songs at church on Sundays; it’s giving your whole life to God. Jesus risked His own friendships and popularity to bring people to Himself—even His closest friends sometimes thought He was crazy. Even when the cost was death, Jesus showed us that He is committed to us. And because He rose from the dead like He said he would, we can trust Him to stay committed.
The Church is a people within a people that changes a people, but without a commitment to follow Jesus, nothing will change. What matters more than what the world thinks of us is bringing people into the Kingdom of God so that they can be built up, trained, and sent out to bring even more in. Obey Jesus, no matter what everybody else is doing, and you will begin to see God’s plan for you unfold.