My, Devotion to Him #17
VERSE PASSAGE: John 2:23-24 “Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.” – NIV
This was the first time Jesus had ministered in Jerusalem. dozens and dozens of people believed in Him when they saw the miracles He performed. This looked like the right time for Jesus to make His move and take these people and use them to spread the news far and wide that He was the Christ. However, Jesus did not do that. He didn’t want people proclaiming His gospel in their own ability.
This is a key element in understanding the attitude and mindset of Jesus. This also reveals a key element in which is lacking among many Christians today. Jesus is more concerned with quality over quantity. In the Ministry this is critical.
Now, I know people will disagree. Many people believe in the latter more. However, it’s just simply not the right way of thinking.
Question: If Jesus was interested in quantity don’t you think everyone would have heard the gospel by now?
Yes I’m aware of the 8 billion people on earth. But His Ministry has been going on for over 2,000 years. Knowing what God is capable of, I’m sure the Ministry of Christ would have reached all corners of the globe, and everyone would have heard it at least once. Yes Jesus wants everyone to hear the good news, and God seeks that all be saved and have ever lasting life. However, Jesus is interested in the quality of Ministry more than He is of the quantity the Ministry produces. Today’s Christians often feel that “the end justifies the means.”, but that is just not true.
We take new converts and place them in leadership, which is directly opposed to the Bible’s instructions, which can be found in (1 Tim. 3:1-13). Sometimes famous people come out and state they got saved and that Christ is Lord. The Church turns around and makes them spokespeople for the Church. As if God needs famous people to convince people to come to Christ. These are newly converted people. Babes in the faith. They need the milk first, before chewing on steak. They need time to learn and get to know Christ before being the poster child of the faith. This works to the harm of these people and the Body of Christ as a whole. We use them as advertisement in hopes of getting Christianity out there. I know many people do this, companies do it also. But, there is the warning of Jesus not to do this. The new converted people who believed in Christ did not get to jump ahead of everyone else and be put in leadership roles over the church.
Some of us don’t understand why God hasn’t used us, but rest assured the Lord is using everyone who is usable. Instead of looking at the need and begging God to use you, take a hard look at yourself and ask the Lord to make you usable.
When people join the military. The military doesn’t put them on the front line first, they don’t make them generals. They train, train, train. We must learn the things of God, train in the ways of Christ, and be prepared. There are forces working against us and the kingdom of God. God doesn’t want an army of untrained soldiers. What’s the use? God wants us fed spiritually, grown into spiritual maturity, trained up as God fearing soldiers, soldiers who’ve spent the time to train, learn, meditate, grow, and understand. Be ever patient. God has you right where you are needed. It may be in the back of the line, middle, front, or even in the training camp. Know that God has everything in place. At His time which is perfect He will use you.
1. Jesus is concerned about quality not quantity.
2. God needs soldiers who are trained.
3. Don’t get upset about not being used. Train, learn, and prepare for the call.
4. There is a time for everything.
Copyright © 2017 by Jacob D. Olinger