I remember when we could fit all our Victory
small group leaders in the tiny function room on the top of St. Francis
Square – with plenty of space left over. That was about 15 years ago
and St. Francis Sq only seated 100 – sardine style. I think we had
about 50 small groups then.
Aahhhh – the miracle of multiplication. (ie: doing the same thing over and over for a long time.)
days ago I stood on the stage at Manila’s PhilSports Arena and spoke to
over 6000 of our volunteer ministers during our Mega-Manila “Discipleship
My 10-minute message was simple:
for ministry got me to the Philippines for a 1-month summer mission
trip in 1984. But compassion for lost and hurting people kept me here
for 25 years.
I really don’t think I would have stuck
with it just for the sake of the vision. But I did for the people Jesus
died for. Vision is important, but it is not enough. If we have vision for growth, but do not have compassion for people, we become a lifeless spiritual assembly line.
Jesus gave his life for people, not for vision. We should too.
Paul said it like this: Christ’s love compels us… (2 Cor 5:14)
The “Miracle of Multiplication” takes time, and consistency. Try it, for a decade or two and you’ll see.