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Do Numbers Matter to God?

May 31, 2011

DO numbers matter to God? Sure they do!

Do five dissenting voices really count? Should you continue a meeting for 3 people? These thoughts have occupied my mind recently. Often we will cancel an event because not enough persons were interested. We take votes to decide what actions to take, and we go with the “majority” no matter the number of the minority. Is this godly?

For ten people, God would have spared a sinful city. Preachers have preached though, that perhaps God would have done so for as few as one righteous man. But he coulnd’t find ANYONE to stand for the city. Lot was saved for Abraham’s sake, not for his righteousness.

Would God move for just ONE person? Out of his own mouth Jesus says, “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the nintey-nine… and go to look for the one…? In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these… should perish.” Matt. 18:12-14

He also said that when two, T W O or three – T H R E E – are gathered in HIS name, HE is in the midst. I’m so glad God doesn’t cancel a meeting with me and my friend because we couldn’t gather enough of a crowd.

God cares about one woman with an issue of blood, one “unclean” Samaritan woman whose daughter is possessed, and God cares about your brother or sister who has a different biblical conviction than you.

If you feel “free” to drink, you ought not do so in front of the one who sees it as sinful. Rom 14:20-22 Insert: dance, speak in tongues, raise your hands, wear a two-piece bikini.

Freedom isn’t freedom to your own opinion and desires! It isn’t freedom from responsibility. God says we have a responsibility to our brothers and sister in the body of Christ. Freedom is responsibility to be mature enough to be free from being ruled by your wants. Freedom is wisdom. Foolishness, selfishness, is slavery.

God says the kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17 You can insert “dancing” you can insert “bathing suits”.

The point really is about asserting yourself over the interest of “the few”. Phillippians 2 tells us to consider others more, or better, than ourselves and that we should prefer one another, looking not to our own interest but also to the interest of others. Humility is supposed to be at the governing table of our thoughts and decisions. Fellowship is supposed to be superior to our fun.

God is the God of “One” – One Christ, One Spirit, One Mind, One Body.

God is the god of the few.

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