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Spiritual Multiplication

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

I heard a speaker at a national convention say that the church is losing ground today because we’re adding people to the kingdom of God while the population of the world is multiplying.

For example, if you were to lead one person to Christ every day for the next thirty-two years, by the end of that period there would be 11,680 people in the kingdom of God as a result of your witness. But, let’s say you led one person to Christ and then spent an entire year helping that person grow to maturity. You showed the person how to walk with Christ each day and to lead others to Him. By the end of year one, there would be two of you.

If you each won a person to Christ and trained him or her to be disciples, by the end of the second year there would be four of you. By the end of year three, there would be sixteen and so on. Now the staggering thing is this: If this process continued with no broken links in the chain, at the end of thirty-two years, there would be 4,294,967,296 of you.

What kind of person is a spiritual multiplier? From our human perspective, we would look to the person who is good in front of a crowd–a person with a lot of charisma, leadership ability, and organizational skill. But the Lord gives us the answer in Isaiah 66:2: “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” The keys to becoming a spiritual multiplier are humility and faith in the Word of God. The Lord hasn’t given any other plan for getting the job done.

Prayer

Lord, help me to abide humbly in You and Your Word. Amen.

To Ponder

Making a difference for the kingdom of God begins on our knees with an open Bible and a humble heart.

(The Navigators)