Les Welk, our Network Team Leader, opened this year’s Annual Conference for the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God with a session centered on Multiplication.
The Bible reads, “After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go'” (Joshua 1:1-9, ESV).
A couple of takeaways:
Whom did God allow you to lead today in a direction He is already leading them?
This is not (and will never be) MY church. These are not (and will never be) MY people or resources. Truthfully, I cannot (and will not) claim that this is MY vision. God graciously and mercifully has allowed me to take a significant role and handle sizable responsibility. But this is his church because this is his Church.
There was a time recently that I believed I could not be more terrified in life than at the moment that I finally said “yes” to planting Blue Bridge Church in the Tri-Cities. I could not have been more wrong. I become more and more scared each time some one says they are going with us. Excited? Absolutely. But scared? Most certainly.
But I choose to go in the direction that God has asked me to go – and I will take with me (and send forward) all those who are likewise called to join us. I am accountable for how I lead people – but I am even more accountable for how I follow Jesus. We all, individually and corporately, must own our choices to follow the voice of the Spirit.
In order to multiply disciples in God’s Kingdom we must abandon the spirit of poverty that grips us and adopt a spirit of generosity
There will be times that it makes no sense to give. We will want to keep. Those are the moments that we must give more. We will never have enough. Therefore, we will never stop giving more. We will cheer on those who have what we don’t and praise God for all that he allows s to do.