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July 23, 2019, 12:30 PM

July 24, 2019


"I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

What comes to mind when you think of addition? Probably the first thing you think about is mathematics. You think of adding something to get a desired result. When you are cooking, do you ever experiment by adding different ingredients? Addition can be a very good thing. In fact, when we have the addition of new members to our fellowship, we get very excited. However, the excitement should not stop there. We should continue the excitement as we disciple those new members until they become disciple-makers. That is the mandate Jesus gave us in the Great Commission. That is the concept of multiplication in the Kingdom and it is better than addition. Sure, we get excited about adding to the Kingdom, but we should get even more excited about making disciples.

There is another thought about addition that we should discuss. Many have the attitude in our culture that we just add Jesus to our already hectic schedule and somehow things will improve. They have the misconception that knowing Jesus is just one of the many parts to our lives and one of several paths we take in life. However, for us as Christians, our relationship with God by faith in Jesus is our life. Jesus is not someone we just add to see if our lives will then take a better direction. Many people desire to approach Christianity in those terms. They figure that it is possible to add Jesus as one would add a hobby or an exercise program. They feel they can try Him for a while to see if He really fits into their lifestyle. The sad fact is that those people are lost.

Remember Jesus’ parable about the Gospel message and soil types? Christianity is not about adding Christ to our already busy schedule. Christianity is exchanging our life for the life of Christ. Look carefully at the passage above. The passage is very clear that we “no longer live”. Our relationship with God is not about addition but about total surrender. It is not about adding Christ for a season but about allowing Him to change us completely forever. Let us be thankful to God that He loves us and has given Himself for us. Let us rejoice that Christianity is so much more than addition. It is multiplication as we make disciples together. May you have a blessed and prosperous week as you are determined to be a multiplier in the Kingdom.

                                                                                                                                     We love you,

                                                                                                                                     Brad and Virginia


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