Food for Friday

And there followed Him great multitudes of people, from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. Matthew 4:25

A phenomenon that has developed in our day is a monstrosity called a mega-church. A mega-church is defined as any church with a membership of more than 2,000. The largest mega-church in the world is the Yoida Full Gospel Church in South Korea, which had at one time 830,000 members. The largest mega-church in North America is Lakewood Church, in Houston, Texas, which has more than 43,000 attending each week to hear the prosperity-gospel blasphemies of Joel Olsteen. These organizations certainly qualify as multitudes. But are they following Jesus? Most of them seem to think so. Or are they following something or someone else?

Some of our conferences get pretty big. But usually, when we get together, we would never qualify as a multitude. Sometimes the numbers are pretty small at our meetings, sometimes embarrassingly small. But, by the grace of God, we are following Jesus. It’s not the small size of our gatherings that qualifies us as followers. Those people in our text that followed Jesus were only temporary followers. There came a time when they departed, when the miracles became an old story, when the words became too uncomfortably personal, when the excitement of the Miracle Worker was replaced by something else that came along. Only a few followed Jesus all through His ministry. Only a few follow Him today. The multitude never was faithful.

Here we are in a day when it is not popular to believe the Bible, or to preach the Gospel, or to stand up for the principles of God’s Assembly. The multitude today is not following anybody but themselves. We struggle to overcome apathy as we witness and preach. We see inroads being made by the cults and the false religions and very little progress being made when it comes to testimonies for Jesus Christ. We wonder why, if we have the truth, that more people can’t see that it is the truth. We can’t grasp the reality that the Gospel has no appeal for the multitude. We can’t see how the emptiness of the world is not more apparent. But we need to remember that the Lord Jesus never asked for the multitudes, because He knew how fickle a multitude is. What He does ask for is faithfulness, and He knows that faithfulness is found in the few, not the multitude.

Wouldn’t you rather be among the few who really follow the Lord Jesus than among the multitude who follow only as long as it’s convenient? -Jim MacIntosh

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