“For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.”
Nothing is more exciting in a church than to see people getting saved and following the LORD in believer’s baptism. I have said for many years that the way to create an exciting spirit in a church is for the church to get busy leading people to Christ and bringing them to church to get baptized.
One thing that the verse above says about people being added to the church is that it says that “much people” were being added. It wasn’t just one or two that were getting saved, but many were getting saved. You should desire for more than just a few people being saved in your church. You should desire that many get saved; however, many won’t be saved without the five things that led up to “much people” being added unto the LORD in the verse above. Let me share these five things with you.
First, it takes a heart with purpose. You will never do anything for the LORD without purposing to do something for Him. One of the reasons so many people are hit and miss in the LORD’s work is because they don’t serve Him with purpose. You will see very little fruit in souls being saved if your heart is not into serving the LORD. Having a heart with purpose to see souls saved will produce a passion to witness to everyone you see.
Second, it takes people cleaving to the LORD. To cleave to something or someone means to get so close so that nothing can get between you. These people got so close to God that they didn’t let anything come between them. Let me put it this way; they put God first in their life. It is hard for God to use you mightily when He has to work through whatever you have put before Him in your life. God works best in the people who have nothing between them and God.
Third, it takes faith for God to use you to see much people saved. What I find so sad in today’s world is that there is so little faith that God can still do great things today. You must have the faith that God can still build great churches, reach the hardest people, answer the “big” prayers, and do miraculous works through your life if God is going to use you to see much people saved. Those who see the most saved are those who tend to have the biggest faith.
Fourth, it takes soul winning for much people to be added unto the LORD. People can’t be added to the church without someone telling people how to get saved. You can’t expect people to get saved if you are not talking to people about the LORD. Many people ask me how I see people saved every week, and the only answer I can give them is that I witness to people every week. My friend, people are not going to come running to you to ask to be saved; you must go to people to talk to them about their need of a Saviour.
Fifth, it takes the power of the Holy Ghost for much people to be saved. The need of the power of the Holy Ghost in a believer’s life is needed as much today as it was in the Book of Acts. The verse above says that this man was “full of the Holy Ghost.” My friend, God gave you all of the Holy Ghost when you got saved, but does the Holy Ghost have access to all of you? Is the Holy Ghost not filling you because there is something else filling part of your life? You will never be used to see “much people” saved until the Holy Ghost fills you with His power.