Crossing
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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Called to Reproduce
by Jenny on February 18th, 2015

"And then He told them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.'" Mark 16:15

Twice a month my husband and I host a family-style Bible study in our home. Five families; 10 adults, 14 children (and, God willing, four out of the five families expect to bring another child home by the end of this year). From the outside looking in, our Bible study group may seem a bit chaotic, especially when the three toddlers begin chasing each other through the living room. We may not have the opportunity to study deep theology while amongst such a wide-varying age group. But we believe in the value of studying God's Word together--as families.

Recently I received an inquiry from another family wanting to attend our group. My first thought was, "Where will we put five more people?" Mind you, square footage isn't the problem. My concerns revolved around having enough tables and chairs. I contemplated how everyone would file through our somewhat small kitchen area during mealtime. I seriously considered telling this family that for now, our group was closed. We are simply out of room.

But something didn't sit well with my heart.

When, exactly, did Jesus ever refer to His group as "closed" or "too full?"

The Gospel I read communicates to me a completely different concept.

"There is more than enough room in My Father's home." John 14:2

"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." Mark 16:15

"I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right." Acts 10:34-35


I recall the account in Scripture when a house where Jesus was staying was "so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door." But four men did not let the crowd prevent them from bringing their friend to Jesus. These four men resorted to tearing a hole in the roof of a home just so they could place their lame friend at the feet of his Savior! While I'd prefer to keep the roof of our home in-tact, I appreciate the boldness and determination of these men. Never did the men say to their friend, "sorry, man, the house is full." (Mark 2:1-12)

I consider the brothers and sisters in Christ who, due to extreme religious persecution, meet in underground house-churches across the world. I do not know these men and women personally but I have read of their stories. Would they ever tell a would-be follower of Christ that their house was too full?

I remember the pastor in Congo whom our missions team worked with in 2012. Shortly after our departure from Congo, rebels gained control of the city in which this pastor resides. The pastor opened his home to nearly 70 people as a place of refuge while fighting raged in the streets. All 70 people--including six of his own children--shared their food equally. No one expressed concerns about having a table at which to eat their meal. These men, women and children were simply grateful to have food; they were simply grateful to have shelter; they were simply grateful to be alive.

I'm not necessarily promoting the idea of packing a house so full that people flow from the windows and doors. Jesus spoke to the crowds but He discipled the twelve.

As followers of Christ, we are called to reproduce, to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Closed groups become stagnant groups; nice, comfortable, predictable groups where there the Gospel message ceases to spread. Rather than closing a group due to size, "full" groups can become an avenue for going . . . and starting new groups. Plus, what better way to reach the nations for Christ than to first reach more families for Christ?

My response to the inquiry from this new family? "Our group is open, try us anytime!" We may not have enough tables and chairs, but may there always be more than enough room in our home for families to draw closer to the Kingdom of God.

And if you are a current member of our home group, this post serves as your warning: come Monday night, we're gonna have a full (as in packed) house!


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