Josh 2:00-7:00pm

Never worry about numbers

'I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.' Galatians 1:10 NLT

Never worry about numbers. This traps' an easy one to fall into. You start off enthusiastic about some great Kingdom idea, or get hyped up for evangelism, or you start a charity idea. Then, quickly, you realise: there are so many people who've never heard of Jesus; there are so many hungry people; there's so much work.

Mother Teresa said: 'Never worry about numbers. Start with one person at a time and always start with the person nearest to you.' Her reasoning is simple: we can't do all the work, because there's only one of us. And in fact, when we try to do all the work, sometimes it can be a subtle form of people-pleasing - wanting to be 'successful' rather than wanting to be faithful to God. Paul wrote, 'I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant' (Galatians 1:10 NLT).

The real goal of our goal is set by God. Now, this is not to say that God can't do 'immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine' through you (Ephesians 3:20 NIV). He's well able. But, just start with the people God gives you, each moment. Let God reground your busy work in relationship.

So what now? Sit down, lay aside all your efforts at achievement, and brush off the frustration or fear that you'll not get enough done. Ask God to show you two things: his love in relationship; and someone nearby who you can bless. Don't worry about numbers!

Soulfood: 1 Sam 24-26 Lk 5:27-39 Ps 110 Pro 17:15-17,

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