Read Acts 16:1-15
A word from today’s reading captured my attention. “Daily.” We find it in verse 5. Paul and Silas were delivering the message of the all-important decisions made in Jerusalem, found in Acts 15. As they did so, “churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.” (emphasis mine)
There are a couple of ways to understand that. It could have been that each day the number of people in those churches was larger than the day before. Or was it, as a dear brother of mine has concluded, the possibility that every day the number of churches was larger than the previous day? No matter how you stack it, some amazing growth was taking place!
Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could say that about our own church. What if Grace Church was growing daily in numbers?
Let’s work backwards and consider what might bring that about. First of all, we must clearly acknowledge that it is God who ultimately causes growth. (See 1 Cor. 3:6, 7.) He is the One who has chosen people before the creation of the world. (See Eph. 1:4.) It is His Spirit that convicts people of sin and draws them to the Savior. (See Jn. 16:7-11.) We have to conclude on the one hand, then, that this daily increase we just read about is His doing. You and I are totally dependent upon Him in prayer.
Meanwhile, we must recognize that God typically reaps a harvest where workers have been out in the fields. You see, while Paul pointed to His heavenly Father as the One who brought about growth, he also said, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it . . .” (1 Cor. 3:6). Even Jesus saw the needs of people and pointed to the integral role that Christ followers play when He said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt. 9:37, 38).
God typically reaps a harvest where workers have been out in the fields. If we are praying for a daily increase, we will want to be daily active in sharing Jesus and the truth about life with Him. With whom will you speak today?