God wants us to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Jesus states in John, Chapter 15, that we are to bear fruit, much fruit, and eternal fruit. Faithful is good. Faithful and fruitful is better. After all, when you go fishing you plan on catching fish. Why would you go otherwise. So, as I travel from place to place I expect to see people saved, healed, delivered, and begin the journey of discipleship. On a return visit I expect this new believer and disciple to have gone into his world and reproduced – being fruitful.
Our God is a God of multiplication. Multiplication is a fact of nature. If you were to count the kernels on a healthy stalk of corn you would find there are about 1,200 kernels in this first generation. Do you know that by the next generation should you plant those kernels there will be one million, four hundred and forty thousand kernels of corn? In the same way, healthy cells in the human body multiply and result in the body growing. A living cell is in a state of constant activity.
The Church in the Book of Acts multiplied rapidly because they understood the value of believers meeting in homes in ‘spiritual family relationships.’ The Bible staters that “they met daily house-to-house” (Acts 2:46) They functioned in close relationship with each other. The healthy activity and interdependence resulted in healthy growth for the early Church. Those who were not saved noticed this different and more loving lifestyle of the believers and joined the Church. Those who were part of the life of the Church stayed and became actively involved because they saw how real the love was and how lives were being transformed.
Of course, for a grain of corn to produce 30 – 60 – 100 fold it must first die and be buried. No problem. We are dead to self and alive in Christ. Even our baptism in water by immersion symbolized this dying, burial, and resurrection to new life. Of course, if this death and resurrection is simply Bible theory and not a reality in the life of the believers – those who make up a local assembly – then there won’t be this massive multiplication and increase that the early Church experienced and we long for on a regular basis.
So, maybe it is time to present ourselves in the altar as a living sacrifice” and stop crawling off and away to do our won thing. Maybe. Just maybe. Time to die.