I know, the title is a bit weird, but ask yourself which is better? Addition or multiplication? I mean, in terms of numbers you get to where you want to be much quicker through multiplication than through addition. The difference is like buying 2 tomatoes from the market versus buying 2 tomato plants that will yield a far greater amount of tomatoes than simply buying the vegetable itself, or fruit depending on which side of the argument you’re on. Sure the plants take more time and a bit more money, but think of the rate of return on your investment!
To bring a spiritual connotation to all this, what if you shared your faith with someone and they ended up making the decision to follow Jesus. It would be great, especially if it were two people at the same time! You guys would hang out, drink some coffee maybe, and even read the bible and help each other grow in you walks with God. As a matter of fact, that’s the basis of your relationship. You have just experienced “addition,” and it feels quite amazing, so much so you decide to do it again with two other people! Whoa, now you have 4 friends who love Jesus and want to grow in their relationship with God.
These 4 friends of yours just love hanging out, drinking some coffee maybe, and even reading the bible every time you get together. At some point, in the midst of the excitement of things and wanting to share with more people, you wonder, “Why does it feel like I’m the only one doing this? Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing my faith with people, but why don’t they do it also?” Then it dawns on you, “I guess I never told them that they should! Now, how do I go about doing this?”
That’s where many of us stop and turn an easy assignment into a difficult task. Firstly, its important to remember that once a person has accepted Christ, they have everything they need in order to share their faith with another. Secondly, as Christian’s, we are one of the only groups in the world that exists solely for all those who are not a part of our group. But that won’t happen unless we teach others that they can do the same thing that we did with them when they received Christ.
Multiplication means that those initial 2 people you shared with each can be trained and sent out to share with 2 other people. As a result, a much greater amount of people can have an opportunity to come to know and follow Jesus, and your friends will bring back 4 people who can be trained and sent out to do the same thing. Sure it takes more time to teach someone how to do it, and more money to buy more coffee when they come back with loads of people who want to grow in their faith and learn how to teach others to do the same, but isn’t that what it’s all about?
Not buying more coffee…I mean more people…
Addition + Mulitiplication = Exponentially More Laborers (and more coffee).