Prepare For Multiplication
by Chris Jones
Have you ever heard someone say that God is a God of multiplication? It’s a fair assessment. Throughout the Bible we see examples in which it proves to be true. Think about His promise to Abraham. Genesis 22:17 records God telling him, “I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore…” We also have examples like Matthew 15, where Jesus miraculously multiplies a boy’s small lunch to feed a crowd of thousands. Clearly, there’s precedence.
It’s important to know, however, that we represent no small part of the equation. If multiplication is the product of two or more variables, we must take caution to understand that each of us is in the position to limit the degree to which God can bring increase to our situation.
Imagine, for instance, that we brought nothing to the table. The product of that function would be exactly zero. It seems to ring true too. I can’t remember God ever coming through in a significant way in my life, in any situation where I was being unfaithful to what He was asking of me. It seems there’s also a consequence in always only bringing the minimum. Certainly, anything God allows to be released in our lives is good. Given the choice, however, I think anyone would prefer the maximum good, over the minimum. It provides proper encouragement to always bring your best, willing to yield it in service to God.
It’s fair to say, then, that multiplication doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the moment that obedience and preparation meet His timing and provision. It’s all according to His formula, but you’re a key factor.