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Move of God?
By some current mega-church metric models, a number of Biblical leaders and pioneers of the modern missions and church-planting movement would be deemed as ineffective and off-target in their methodologies and mindsets and likely pushed back from the table of an international church movement that at times leans toward a “look at us” . . “show me the money” orientation vs. a glorify God in every season mindset.
Jeremiah couldn’t find an ounce of repentance among a sinful people . . when running from Saul for his life, God gave David roughly 400 men who were in distress, debt and full of discontentment . . 400 men who would later prove to be elite leaders in an army that would never taste defeat . . Jesus saw little healing in Nazareth due to unbelief . . Adoniram Judson (the “Father of Baptist missionaries”) spent six years in Burma before seeing his first convert, and even then only a trickle of belief for many more months . . and after 38 years of missions work throughout Arabia, the Persian Gulf, Egypt and Asia Minor, Samuel Zwemer saw his efforts produce fewer than 12 conversions to Christianity.
Ironically, the miracle of God’s grace entering a stone-cold heart bound for a Christ-less eternity has rarely if ever come through the door of “modern convention” or “business intuition” . . in fact, the numbers of grace seem to often defy human logic and methodology. Jesus made clear that in the Kingdom of God a Shepherd willingly leaves 99 defenseless sheep to chase down one runaway (Luke 15) . . a penny can be as valuable, if not more, than millions of dollars (John 12) . . and God has never paid by the hour (Matthew 20).
The Upside-Down Kingdom
This is David “JB” Miller noting that with Jesus, up was down, down was up, strong was weak, weak was strong, in was out, out was in, rich was empty, broke and broken was made whole to overflowing, pride guaranteed poverty . . and the helpless and poor in spirit found a King and a kingdom with no end.
No wonder Paul stated . .
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