118,000 and Growing

118,000 and Growing

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In the mid-70’s, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told his partner Paul Allen that “if the company is really successful, we might someday need to employ 20 people.” (From book, “Gates”, 1994) 

Sometimes it is hard to inform our imagination to visualize our future in broader terms.   Even harder is to give OTHERS the grand growing room they deserve!  That process of visualizing others for what they WILL BECOME (by God’s Spirit) is really the work of the soul winner.  

Jesus didn’t fail in this area of imagining potential.  When working with others he always visualized from an “end game” perspective. For example, upon first meeting his fishermen disciples – he said:  “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  He visualized far past their conversion – to their multiplication! The words, “I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN. . .” were bold words as they looked far past the present moment. His aim and confidence in that aim was clear from the outset of the relationship.

Similarly, Paul visualized the end game for his disciples in these glowing hot words:  “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9)

In that verse we see four noble aspirations that Paul visualizes for the people he loved and was leading:  
1) Love multiplying
2) Insight deepening
3) Discernment purifying
4) Righteousness fruitifying

Here is the principle: Those we coach become what we visualize for them.  

So the lesson for you as a soul worker is clear — visualize GRANDLY for those God has put around you.

Neither Jesus nor Paul were just hoping for more friends.  Nor were they looking to only “lead someone to Christ”  — they were building kingdom multipliers!

If you are laboring for the salvation of someone — visualize Jesus’ “end game” for them — namely the time when they are bearing fruit.  

This visualizing changes your relationship:
— It changes how you will speak to them.
— It changes what you will teach them.
— It changes how you will respect them.  

Who are you praying for?  Your children? Your neighbor?  Your work friend? I challenge you to look past their conversion and imagine (in Christ) their becoming a Tabitha or a Timothy and then begin speaking to them as if they were being groomed, by God, for such a notable role.  

Is not this what God did for Abraham?  In Genesis 12, it was at God’s self described first encounter with Abraham that He told him, “I am going to multiply you beyond your wildest imagination.”  

This is what makes the Kingdom of God, so unique — it is a kingdom of nobodies that God envisions as stars —He declares His aim at the outset — to turn grains of sand, into pearls “of great price.”  

Live Your Potential,
B. Parks

P.S.  118,000 in the subject line of this email is the number of people Microsoft now employs, a few beyond 20.


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