I’ve never been a “math” person. I struggled with it in school, spending many evenings crying at the kitchen table while my Dad tried to explain the principles of Algebra and Geometry. In college, my best friend (now husband) tutored me throughout my Calculus, Accounting, and Economics classes. Today, I rely upon my handy calculator on my phone to complete simple math problems. So to say I’m not a “math” person, might actually be an understatement. What I’ve recently noticed though is, GOD LOVES MATH!
This concept that God Loves Math really dawned on me when having lunch with a new friend a few weeks ago. She kept using the word, “discipleship” to describe how she and her husband complete their work as campus missionaries for Cru (also known as Campus Crusade for Christ.) In their work, they seek out others to “disciple” with the hope and intention that they too will “disciple” others, multiplying the reach of God’s message, just as Jesus did with the original 12 Apostles.
It’s astonishing to me that the good news of Jesus Christ which has now spread to 2.3 Billion people began with just 12 Apostles! This is especially impressive because these were just ordinary men! They made mistakes, they had a past, their faith waned, and yet Jesus hand-selected and anointed them to share His message with all of humanity. I am grateful for the courage that these 12 showed. They allowed the Holy Spirit to work through them, exponentially sharing the good news with the world. Now it’s up to us to answer God’s call, continuing His work, and creating new disciples.
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those that have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.’ -Matthew 10:7-15
The call to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, and drive out demons” sounds impossible and dated, but what if we each just opened our hearts to the Holy Spirit and answered the calls that we receive daily?
Could we help to “heal the sick” by praying with a friend with terminal illness?
Could we “raise the dead” by comforting a loved one with depression?
Could we “cleanse those with leprosy” by visiting the outcast in nursing homes or prisons?
Could we “drive out demons” by loving and mentoring someone with addiction?
Each and every day God calls upon us to help “multiply” his love by discipling others. He has proven to us that His “math” works. We don’t have to be trained professional ministers, or sinless to make a difference. All we have to do is open our hearts and our eyes to the opportunities to comfort and love those around us. By answering God’s call, we too can multiply God’s love through discipleship.
“Anyone can make a difference, and everyone should try. ” – John F. Kennedy