• Jason Wade


5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:5-6

God's promises are the fruit for our souls that allows us the opportunity to truly live and breathe. Growing up, I have probably missed the opportunity of receiving more blessings from God than I have received. As we have already mentioned this week, God's promises never go unfulfilled, but it does not mean that they are not fully received. This may be a little deeper than some of you want to go today, but I really do want to dig into the ability of God's promises to be multiplied and not divided. From my perspective, God's plan is to help us to receive the fullness of His promises and take the opportunity to share them with everyone in the world. His promises are not meant to be revealed to only a certain few and never poured out to others, but to be planted in the hearts of those who the promises have been revealed with the ability to multiply it proportionately. Promises are not meant to be divided. Now some of you would say the phrase divide and conquer is one that seems to be an appropriate way of handling this situation, but for today's thoughts, I want to truly dig into the understanding of multiplication through division which takes on a different mindset all together.

When we take into account the meaning of division, it could easily lead to misinterpretation and frustration. God is pretty straight forward with His Word and calls us to build the kingdom of heaven on earth. Living through this understanding, we are called to build together a family and not cause divisions amongst ourselves. We see how that caused so much trouble in the divided kingdoms in the Old Testament. In case you didn't know, divisions are seen all throughout the Bible and with each division there was never truly peace

or growth. With division comes unrest, frustration and destruction. In the Old Testament, we are able to see God's kingdom divided into two-the Northern Kingdom which represented Israel and the Southern Kingdom which represented Judah. We are able to see how God's promises are curtailed by the wills of men. It does not mean that God's promises were not going to be fulfilled, but it did mean that instead of finding a way to multiply it throughout the world, mankind, found a way to slow down God's multiplication process. It was a time where there was great hostility, reconciliation, and more hostility until once again the kingdoms came together. Great losses were had and so many years of opportunity were lost for growth and multiplication. We see the same with our story of Christianity for today. I know that we will not all get along on this earth, and I do see that fact that sometimes the best way to multiply is to divide, but not at the cost of the Gospel. It is actually in the mindset of the division that can cause positive multiplication. When we are able to see the positive and find ways to form healthy division because of the need and growth, then we are able to see it for what it really is multiplication. It truly is in the intent of why and how we want to fulfill God's promise to grow and prosper.

As we look at the words of Paul today in his letter to the people of Colossae and Laodicea, we are able to understand the meaning of the word multiplication through division. We see this positivity aspect of division that comes through the hope that has been stored up within us form heaven. We have been given the Gospel story and we will continue to fulfill God's promise of growth through our ability to live and work together for God's common goal. Paul is very clear in the fact that multiplication is occurring and we can see that as the Gospel is still spreading around the world as we are reading this message for today. God has divided His army to multiply the opportunity for the message to be taught, heard, planted, reaped and distributed. God has given us the opportunity to truly take hold of the vastness of His promise that we will receive and grasp how wide, long, high and deep His love truly is. Once again that promise leads us to the power of the Gospel and the fulfillment found in Christ. When Paul is talking about the opportunity that the true message of the Gospel has come to us, it reminds us that once again we play a role in fulfilling God's promise. We are called to grow His kingdom by equipping disciples for the transformation of the world. That is how the promises are multiplied through division. Not to go and find a way to battle against each other, but to take hold of our differences and use them to glorify God and reach others that are like us.

Please take this moment to recognize the ability that you have to reach people for the Gospel. Once again see the people that God has placed in your life that you truly may be the only person that they would ever listen to about Jesus. You may be the single person that has the opportunity to plant a seed that will grow into even more fruit. We must come together for the greater good of the Gospel, recognize our differences and take hold of the

opportunities that we have to multiply through dividing our efforts to fulfill God's promise. I must also say this again. God does not NEED us to fulfill His promises, but desires for us to be a part of helping to fulfill His promises. God created everything and really does not need us, but desires to have a relationship with us, so that we can help to reach every inch of this world with the Gospel. God promises heard through the words of Jesus in John 6:39 says this, "39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day." Jesus said that He would not lose even one person whom the Father has given to Him. This shows that ANYONE who makes a sincere commitment to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior is secure in God's promise of eternal life. Christ will not let His people be overcome by satan and lose this promise. Instead, we are called to help grow together and hold each other accountable and bring even more people into experiencing God's promise. Take hold of today and recognize the positive opportunity of multiplying through division by being part of God's hands, feet, ears, mouth, or whatever body part you can be that reaches others who will become a part of the body as well. Remember a house divided against itself will falter and fail, but a house multiplied through division and common purpose will build a kingdom that can never be destroyed.

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