Yesterday in my article I made mention of individuals who missed taking advantage of an opportunity because they were not in a place where they were aware it even existed. I can identify with this because I have been there many times in my own life. It really doesn’t matter why I did not take advantage of the opportunity when it appeared, the reality is I did not do anything about it. God, in His mercy often gives us multiple chances and for that I am grateful.
This whole process has changed my perspective of how Jesus approached what it was He did during His earthly ministry. When you look at the Gospel of John, Jesus started with a small group of individuals who resonated with the belief and idea God was sending the Messiah to the earth. Andrew and John were followers of John the Baptist before they were followers of Jesus. They invited their brothers to check out Jesus.
While Jesus preached to large crowds, His focus was on continuously teaching His small group of disciples. He was constantly on the look out for the handful of individuals who were ready to take action and say Yes to the relationship with Him. While the gospel is freely offered by God to everyone, everyone is not ready to receive it at the same time. Jesus understood spiritual, energetic, awareness and receptivity is an important ingredient in the process of moving forward in God’s kingdom.
After His death and resurrection there were only 120 people who gathered together on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was released in a special way in this world. These were the individuals who had been willing to learn and willing to change in that moment of time because of their commitment to Jesus. These were the ones Jesus had committed His time and attention to. Others would follow, but His focus had been on those who were ready.
Maybe this is something the church needs to consider today. Discovering those people whose hearts God has prepared and are open to His leading is where we should begin.