“Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
The one thing that will cause the multitude to follow is when they see the great works of God being done. The verse above says that the “multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see…” These people wondered how such great works could be done, and it moved them to follow Jesus so that greater works could be done. In fact, it was the next verse that says that Jesus had compassion on the multitude because they had gone three days without anything to eat. It was the miracles that God did for the dumb, maimed, lame and blind that led to the feeding of the four thousand.
Let me remind you that in your city are multitudes that should wonder at what God is doing through your life and your church ministry. Sadly, most people don’t wonder about a local church because most churches are dead and have nothing for the world to wonder about. Unfortunately, most churches are biding their time on Sunday just to fulfill their “religious penance” to make themselves feel good instead of doing everything in their power to see God do something miraculous through their work. My friend, there is no reason for your city to come and see your church if there is no miracle that would cause them to wonder what is going on at your church. Let me share with you a couple of thoughts that should motivate you to do more in your church.
First, God’s power is not shortened to the Word of God. We read with pleasure the miracles of Christ in the Gospels, and the mighty working of God in the Book of Acts, but let me remind you that God is still as powerful today and can do the same mighty works today if a church stopped giving excuses as to why God can’t work. Too many churches are excusing laziness and lack of God growing their church by saying their community is too hard. Let me remind you that the days in which Jesus lived were not days of friendliness towards Jesus and His Gospel, but that didn’t stop God from working. God can still do the great works today in your church if you had the faith that He could still do them.
Second, it takes work for God’s great works to be performed. The multitudes were not fed, and the sick were not healed without Jesus and His disciples working. Your city will never have anything to wonder at if you are not willing to do the work for God to show His power through you. Every time a great work was done in Jesus’ ministry, it took work before it was done. Likewise, it will take much effort and work on your behalf if you want God to do a great work through you.
Third, it takes a vision for God to do great works. Jesus’ vision of compassion on the multitudes is what drove Him to continue going forward. If you don’t have a vision for God to do a great work, you will never see Him do it.
Fourth, you must be willing to reach anyone if you want God to do great works. Jesus didn’t heal the healthy, but He healed the sick. Stop looking for the “best” of society and realize that God does His greatest work with those whose lives sin has wrecked. You will find that people will come to see what is going on in your church when lives are being changed and your church growth is unexplainable.