I love crowds, especially church crowds! I love crowded nurseries, youth facilities, worship centers… you name it and the more the merrier! Jesus loved crowds, too…
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:35-36
Did Jesus love the church crowd? Sure. But His day to day ministry revealed a heart that beat for the crowds OUTSIDE the walls of the temple. Jesus made sure He was where the people were. He was in the community, the town square, the marketplace, at the beach, the lake, in homes all in order to get His Good News to those who knew nothing about it.
Consider… do we love the kind of crowds Jesus loved? As servant leaders are we intentionally finding the crowds, the community events, and are we purposing to have a presence there as the people of God? Are we so sanctifiably “above the crowd” in doctrine that we are altogether segregrated from the very crowds the Great Commission calls us to reach?
Yeah, I love the church crowd and I love to see a packed house every time we gather as the family of God. But what the church needs even more than crowded services is to be in the crowd offering our services at the point, place and time of the needs of the community.
Do you want to find where the Spirit of God is moving in and through His people? Find the crowds and meet Jesus there!
Crowd surfing anyone?