Crowd Control

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Imagine being at a party and there is a table full of food. Why are some foods grabbed faster than others? There probably was a piece missing from it or you saw someone else eating a piece of it. Or how street performers don’t seem to have an audience for their tricks until someone else stands and watches first? This type of crowd mentality is a survival instinct. No one likes to take the risk of a bad dessert or waste their time on watching an act that may not be worth it. People usually wait to see if someone else does it first before they take the chance. Crowds need to have a certain amount of trust before they commit. Our Christian walks suffer from the same dynamics. The “crowd” will not be a part of something that has not already been vetted. Churches will not be attended unless they have people who are an example to others. In the bible, there were many accounts of crowds coming to find Jesus, and usually, it happened after a miracle or teaching He was doing. It started with His disciples being there at His feet, and from that came others who followed their example. In Matthew 19:13-14 we see that Jesus had been brought children to heal. The disciples started to rebuke them, but Jesus stopped that immediately. Not only did He want to illustrate how important children were, but He wanted to create the opportunity that others could see and then follow. He wanted others to come to Him and He used that moment as a way to draw them closer.

“Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’."

Many times you may invite someone repeatedly to church and they will turn it down every time. Jesus Himself was turned down when He invited others to follow, such as the rich young ruler in Luke 18. His biggest crowds came from the miracles He performed and teachings He did. He had provided a moment for people to trust before they came closer. We can use that same tactic by using what Jesus did in our own lives as the way to validate His work and presence in us to others. We can provide that ice-breaking moment where others can “see” Jesus in your life and how He has changed it and from that, they will come to “take a piece” or stay to “watch”. Be the one to show others that the dessert tastes good, or the act is worth staying for. Be the one that God uses to draw others to crowd around Him.



Yoly McCarthy



Adrianna commented on 04-Jan-2018 04:59 PM
Amen... So true! Thanks for sharing! Great word to kick off the year.

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