It does not only pay, it pays the most. That suggests to us that there are some other ways by which we can be paid especially as we go about our daily work in different places.
What men pay us brings us to the realm of riches but what God pays us brings us to the realm of blessing. The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow ( Prov. 10:22). Riches cannot give blessing but blessing can give riches. (Ex. 23:25 ) Serving God brings blessing. Serving men brings you a pay which we call riches and that is why we said serving God or spiritual stewardship pays the most.
The platform by which we express our spiritual stewardship as expounded to us yesterday is in soul winning and we will be building on that this morning by looking at another of our serving God which is by bringing people to Church. Church is the house of God and God takes pride in bringing people to Himself. The pride of any king is crowd, multitudes. So also is it with God. God takes pleasure, takes pride in multitudes, in bringing people.
Way back in Exodus chapter 1, He intimidated Egypt with multitudes. God is excited to see multitudes. (Ex. 1:7) . In the first Church, multitudes: He brought them in large number, from the day of Pentecost, the day the Church was born. Multitudes! Until they could no longer count, almost the whole city found their way into the Church – (Acts 13:44) . Prophetic Words have gone forth: Isaiah, Micah; all of them talking about multitudes that will be flowing into the house of God. So God wants multitudes. Jesus promised that there are multitudes He will bring –( Jn. 10:16). Bringing people to Christ is one way we serve God’s interest on earth. (Jn. 10:16)“…them also I must bring”: necessity is laid on us, on the behalf of Jesus to bring them. Jesus said, “as the Father sent Me, so send I you” – (Jn 20:21).
What did the Father send Him to do? To bring multitudes. Therefore, it implies what we are sent to do is to bring multitudes. Now even in the world, every good father is delighted when his children go to bring their friends into the house. He is excited to see multitudes. Jesus said therefore, “I must bring them.” If He must bring them, then we too must bring them. Please say with me, “I must bring them.” Make a commitment, “I must bring them.” From your neighbourhood, what will you do? I must bring them. Your place of work, what will you do? I must bring them On the streets, by the street corner, in the market place, what will you do? I must bring them
-Well, as you bring them, you will not miss your reward.
Jesus did not only commit Himself to bringing people, He said it in a parable for His disciples to understand. (Lk. 14:16-23) “…and bade man”: can you see? Not few, He bade many – (Lk. 14:17) . You may be counting “how many people do we have in this Church?” They are many but the many compared with the remaining is still small. It may amaze that as large as this Church is, the Faith Tabernacle, by the help of God, perhaps we are still one per cent of the population of Lagos, Ogun State.
So where is the pride? He bade many to come. Before you say we are many, compare it with the people remaining to come. It’s like somebody scored 10 per cent in an exam and he is so excited that there are people who are scoring 1 per cent. 10 per cent; 1 per cent; both are failure. Compare what is here with what is outside.