Consider this illustration. We see a man giving his life to Jesus. He has experienced salvation on a personal level. However, if we look at Matthew 28:19-20, the bible says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost; first teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, low, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
God did not say, “make Jesus your Lord and Savior, period.” The abundant life we were meant to have does not end with the point wherein you were saved. That is only the starting point. Your purpose encompasses making a difference in your relationships, your families, your communities, and in humanity. When you decide to share your knowledge about salvation and about Jesus, you begin to make a decision as a group and no longer as an individual. This is not just because you are part of your local church.
The decision to share the Word of God affects humanity, because you are deciding to bring the Word of God to the “ends of the world.” The decision you make affects different nations of the world. Thus, you begin to be concerned about something beyond your personal self. You move from being a personalized self, into being an institutionalized self.
Breakthrough is created as a group. In Genesis 11:1, we see that creation exists in language. But as we move to the account of the Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:6, we observe how when the people come together as one in a group, with one language, nothing can restrain them. The group is described as one entity because they have one language.
Because who we are is language, when you are able to create and share one language, you come together as one. The Bible says nothing can restrain the people from doing anything that they agree on. That is the power of the group.
But because the people were coming together with evil desires, God had to destroy the tower and to create different languages so that the group will be broken down into individuals with different languages. Imagine the power of coming together as a group with one language with the intention to create a world that works for “you and me.” Isn’t it an amazing thing to visualize?
Individuals who belong to clubs, groups, or associations are not exactly alike. Instead, each is held together by a common gift, skill, interest, or passion (Block & McKnight, 2011). For example, choirs are groups that magnify the talent of singing. Organizations have a common goal or vision, by which members of that group believe in. A homeowners’ association is a group of people who not only live in the same village, but desire for the welfare of their village.
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How powerful is the word within your group? What change can it create?