So I’ve heard the best way to build a church is to have more kids. Although there is some obvious truth to this, not sure that they are totally serious – Although the Duggar family could probably make a great argument.
Keith and I believe the best way to build a church is to affect your community. So many times churches move toward the technology’s available today. They focus on the best email marketing program, the best direct mailer or the latest and greatest text marketing program and they put their time, effort and finances into these avenues and hope that it will get someone’s attention and ultimately, they will visit. Although these are excellent forms of communication today, they will probably be obsolete avenues of communication in the future with new technologies coming just around the corner.
I wonder how it was that Peter was able to add 3000 to the church in just one day and to my knowledge, Peter didn’t have a FACEBOOK or TWITTER account. Yeah that’s Amazing! Peter utilized “the demonstration of the Kingdom” and used it to the HILT! Coincidentally, it was the same demonstration given to him by Jesus.
If you are using today’s technologies, and they come, and there is no demonstration of the Kingdom, you just lost your opportunity.
Back in the day, Jesus was a ROCK STAR! People would WALK miles upon miles just to get a glimpse of Him, and they would follow Him around because of the demonstration of the love of God, the opportunity to see God working through people, or quite frankly just to get their needs met. When Jesus was asked to show them the father, he responded with, if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father.” He demonstrated building the Kingdom one by one, family by family, and demonstration by demonstration.
Many have heard the the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 in Mark Chapter 6, and it has had many life-changing illustrations, but I want to focus specifically on the component that the disciples told Jesus it was late, and that the people are hungry and for Jesus to send them away to get themselves food. Jesus’ response in verse 37 was, “You give them something to eat.” Amazing – He said, “You do it!”
The disciples immediately responded with why that was an impossible option – it would take 8 months of a man’s wages to accomplish this! Then Jesus went to demonstration. Not only did he meet the need for those in attendance, Jesus went above the need and provided left overs for the next demonstration.
His life on earth demonstrated for everyone how the Kingdom operated and more importantly how to affect a community. People today are looking for an experience, they want to know that God is REAL, they want to feel Him, they want to have an experience with Him, an experience that they will never forget.
So I would encourage you today to JUST DO IT! Whomever or whatever God places in your path, demonstrate the Kingdom. It may be loving the unlovely, reaching out to the rejected or healing the broken-hearted, in any case, JUST DO IT! Extending yourself where you are uncomfortable, will stretch you to see God working in you.
It will change the life of the person you are demonstrating the Kingdom to and it will also have an IMPACT AND CHANGE you!