When we’re doing ministry, we love crowds. More people means greater impact, right? Not necessarily. Jesus drew crowds, but his disciples were often mystified by his seeming disregard for them. Once, after multiplying the loaves and fish, the crowd was ready to make him king. Jesus walked away. Even his brothers didn’t understand his aversion to crowds (John 7:5). Instead, Jesus often took great pains to meet with individuals.
Once, while surrounded by crowds, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” They encountered a storm that had seasoned fisherman crying out, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When they finally arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, they met a demon-possessed man. After Jesus cast the demons out, the people were so freaked out, they begged Jesus to leave. So, he got into the boat and left. All that effort for just one man? But this man went throughout a ten-city region called the Decapolis telling people what Jesus had done, and “all the people were amazed.” Similar results happened with one woman at the well in John 4. Many people believed in Jesus.
When it comes to ministry, everyone is important. Each individual person who experiences the love of Christ and the power of God’s Word can multiply the impact beyond our wildest expectations.
Director of Publishing and Donor Engagement at Global Bible Initiative