Duane Boyett – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
24-14-20, While those numbers probably mean nothing to you they were my locker combination in Jr. High. Why do I even still remember that? I haven’t used that locker in almost 40 years and it probably doesn’t even exist anymore, yet the numbers still remain etched somewhere in my brain. Numbers can have all types of meaning in our lives. 3 is how may children I have, 5 is how many Super Bowls my favorite team has won (GO Cowboys), 7 is how old I was when I became a Christian and 1701 is the number of the Star Ship Enterprise. We have numbers for everything from our favorite meal at McDonalds to our Social security card.
The Bible is also filled with numbers. Not just chapters and verses but numbers that help us better understand Gods story. For example Noah got rained on for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses gave the 10 commandments, and Nehemiah built a wall in 52 days. Jesus chose 12 disciples, healed 10 lepers and fed 5000. The church in Jerusalem began with 120 and then after a sermon by Peter, 3000 more were added. The thing about numbers is that they gain importance based on what they represent. Numbers always represent something, but they matter most when they represent people.
Later this month our Queen Creek Campus is going to celebrate 5 years of taking the love of Jesus and showing it to the people of the greater Queen Creek area. That’s 60 months, 260 Sunday’s of people dedicating themselves to help set up and serve at a Campus so that numbers of people can be reached with the gospel of Jesus. Because of that effort, 100’s have made decisions for Christ and have been baptized while 1000’s have been influenced and affected by the ministries of the campus. In other words lives have been changed 1 person at a time. In Luke 10 Jesus describes this effort as a harvest and provides some numeric specifics
After this the Lord appointed 72 others and sent them 2 by 2 ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:1-2
All of us have been invited to participate with the harvest. Every day opportunities to live out the gospel come our way and it’s important that we make the most of those opportunities. Numbers will always be an important part of our lives, we can’t escape them. What is important to remember is that when it comes to the harvest field, every number represents a person and every person matter to God.