From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command. – 1 Chronicles 12:32
We are all familiar with the phrase, “There is strength in numbers,” but is it true?
Perhaps. After David became the king of Israel, soldiers from all the tribes joined him at Hebron. Among these were chiefs from Issachar “with all their relatives under their command.” What made these men different from all the others? According to the biblical record, they “understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”
Is there strength in numbers? Sure, but there is greater strength in the RIGHT KIND of numbers! To illustrate, which church is more powerful: a) the church with 200 faithful, wise members and 50 unfaithful, unwise or, b) the church with 200 faithful, wise members and 300 unfaithful, unwise? Which leader has more influence and opportunity to make an impact for the Kingdom, the one who leads church A or the one who leads church B? Simply put, while church B may have the “numbers,” church A will accomplish more for the kingdom because they possess the unity to make it happen. Unfortunately, too many pastors have within the midst of the church those who understand the times, yet see the influence of the unfaithful drowning out the possibilities for Kingdom expansion.
There is greater strength in the RIGHT KIND of numbers and bold, courageous leadership that is wise enough to tap into their God-honoring strength. The church is rarely equal to the crowd, but instead found within it.
We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal. He never addresses getting your church to grow. Never. – Chuck Swindoll
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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