COLUMN: Don’t get hung up on numbers, preach the word

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By C.L. Glasscock

After I was ordained and started preaching I thought that God would bless our church so much that we would have a big congregation.
But you know, God had another idea. He did not think we were ready for a big congregation.
The best thing about God is if you will listen to him, he always knows what is best.
When we dedicated our church to God, we told him with a humble heart that we wanted him to be the leader of our church and we would follow him.
The amazing thing is that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in our church.
We have heard people say that when they came in the door they felt something different about our church that they had never felt before.
This has taught us to never get hung up on numbers, but to preach the word to whoever is present and pray to God that if they have not accepted Jesus as their savior that they will accept him before they leave.
I really believe that it is easier to reach the sinner in a small crowd than it is in a large crowd, or for us anyway, because we have never had a really large crowd, but I believe that if we need one God will supply our need.
Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” One thing I do not want to do is start wanting something that is not the will of God. It is better to wait upon the Lord and see what his will is. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all felt like Paul when Jesus struck him to the ground on his way to Damascus?
Acts 9:6-9 says, “And trembling he said, Lord what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man. But the men that were with him took him on to Damascus and he was there three days without sight or food or drink.”
I believe a lot of Christians today are afraid to ask “Lord what wilt thou have me to do today?”
If we look at Mark 10:17-22 we see one come running and kneeling at Jesus feet and wanting to know what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments; he said “All of these have I kept from my youth up.” Then Jesus beholding him and loved him and told him “Go sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come take up the cross and follow me. And he went away grieved for he had great possessions.
There are many things I do not understand about church members.
A lot would rather have treasures on earth than in heaven.