We will all be faced with those hard Kingdom questions at one time or another. “Will I do what is best for the person, based on the word of God, even if my church benefits nothing from it?” I believe we could all answer in the affirmative on that question. But what if we take it a step further? “Will I do what is best for the individual, based on the word of God, even if it hurts my church, or ministry?”In John 6:53 Jesus made the statement, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” From that time many people stopped following Him, Even His disciples had trouble with this. At this point, I¹m sure there were those who thought Jesus had no clue how to be effective in growing a congregation. After all, one day He would have a following of thousands and the next day He was being run out of town! But was He motivated by something greater than the size of His crowd? Remember, He desired to reach the multitudes; but he kept everything in perspective with Kingdom values.

One of my early realizations in ministry brought me to this opinion, “If you compromise to reach people, you have nothing to offer them once they follow you.” Jesus gave an interesting perspective to the ones who stayed to listen to His explanation. They would not be able to grasp resurrection realities if they could not bear with such difficult statements. He did not want to drive the people away, yet he knew they had no capacity to enter the Kingdom. If He compromised the message to keep the people, He would have people but no message that actually gave life!

Those who could not see past their own opinions were often offended and walked away. Those who minimized his teaching and argued their point of view were too busy being right to grasp a new understanding. But to those who chose to consider His words, stay and be taught in private, Jesus said, unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom! As A leader I want to know how to do both, reach a lot of people and stay true to the only thing that will give them life. Read Entire Article

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