Friday, 09 April 2021
“It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” – Matthew 13: 32 NLT
There was a man in America named Bernard Madoff who ran the biggest Ponzi/ Pyramid scheme in history. It’s reported that he lost about sixty-five billion dollars of his investors’ money. How these schemes run is that you recruit someone who then recruits other people. Every time your recruit makes money you also get a share. They use money from new recruits to pay off old investors. It looks like the business is making a profit but they are just exchanging money between different investors. To really see profits you must recruit as many people as you can, who also need to recruit others as well.
Christianity in a way is like a Ponzi scheme, where you are invited (recruited) by someone, and once you are established you then invite others as well. The secret is to train (disciple) new recruits so that they may be rooted and established, and they then later recruit and disciple others. This is an investment and the returns will be enjoyed in heaven. Like Madoff, we are meant to have this mindset of always adding numbers to our “organization” and teaching others to also have the same mindset (Philippians 4:9).
The above Scripture ministers to me in two ways that really challenge me. It tells me even though I may currently seem insignificant to the naked eye, I actually have the potential to be a spiritual giant (If I bear fruit). It also shows one of thee most fundamental principles of Christianity, which is that my growth must and will benefit others (the mature tree now providing shelter for the birds). This then means my failure to be fruitful has potentially disastrous implications because those that were meant to benefit from my growth are now at a disadvantage. It’s no longer just about me, but it now also impacts other people. If during development a fetus fails to develop a limb, the body will subsequently not execute its mandates as efficiently as it was supposed to. It will function but it will be evident that something is missing (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
As a Christian, I have to grow as this doesn’t just affect me as an entity, but affects the body as a collective. Imagine if Apostle Paul refused to mature and only focused on the milk and rejected solids. We need to be cognizant of this fact and always aspire to be more, aspire to know more. The fruits that come as a result will benefit the Church and more souls will be won. As more souls are added more skills are introduced to the Body. The more you add the more experience and confidence you have, the more responsibilities are given to you (Parable of the talents). This is the Ponzi type of mentality we need to adopt.
As a Christian, I have to grow as this doesn’t just affect me as an entity, but affects the body as a collective