Alright, I’ve got another illustration thing I want to post. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. What the title of this is supposed to mean is that we always hear “Quality over quantity!” However, I’d like to say “Quality will lead to quantity!” At least in the case of what this illustration is talking about:
I’m constantly hearing people talk about how we need to go out and evangelize more. Don’t get me wrong, I agree wholeheartedly with that, but I would also like to make a different point.
The point I’d like to make is that we also need to spend more time discipling those that have already come to know the Lord. I’ve seen many times where people go forward in church to accept the sacrifice Jesus made for them. They will continue going to church for a while, but since there was nothing specifically in place to help with the growth of new believers, many times they don’t see any growth and begin losing hope again and gradually slide away.
If we spent more time discipling those new believers, then they too would be able to go out and spread the gospel. That way not only are we showing people the truth, we are also helping them to grow in their relationship with God.
For example, let’s say you lead one person to the Lord each year, and for the rest of that year discipled them, helping them grow and giving them the knowledge and wisdom to lead others to the Lord. Then the next year, you do the same thing with another person, and the person you discipled the first year does too. If you continue this pattern, it may not seem like you are doing much in terms of evangelism. However, the numbers grow quite rapidly.
In the first year, there would be one new believer. The second year, three(the one from the first year, plus two more). Following that pattern out:
Year-Number of new believers
By the end of the 10th year, you would have only directly led ten people to the Lord. However, through that service, there would be 1023 people that not only now have a new personal relationship with God, but are also prepared to pass on that gift to others in coming years. For you to have led that many people to the Lord, that would be about 102 people each year. Not to mention all of the people you would have to witness to that would reject Him. And there would be no way for you to help each of those 102 people each year to grow significantly in their relationship with God.
Now imagine if not only you were doing this, but also the rest of your church. Now THAT would be an amazing form of evangelism in my mind.
I’ve always been told, “Quality, not quantity.” Well, in this case, quality leads to quantities that would’ve been unthinkable before. 6 years ago