A lot can happen midweek!

A lot can happen midweek!

Acts 13:44

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord”.

In modern history preachers have managed to draw huge crowds. George Whitefield in the 18th century drew crowds of 20,000 plus in Britain. In the next century Charles Spurgeon also drew 20,000 plus crowds. There are so many preachers we could mention but the most famous of all in our time has to be Billy Graham. From May 30 to June 3, 1973, an estimated 3.2 million people attended his crusade in Seoul, South Korea, with 1.1 million traveling mostly by foot to the final service on the airstrip at Yoi-do Plaza.

A lot can happen midweek.

Paul and Barnabas had continued to meet with smaller groups of Jews and Gentiles teaching them more about the grace of God. The grace of God is a fire that will not go out. When followers have it they cannot stop speaking of it. Grace attracts where rules eliminate.

There was no means of promotion other than word of mouth. But these followers spent their midweek talking to many and the many talked to the many until the whole city had heard.

A lot can happen midweek.

Paul and Barnabas were certainly not in the gym or the golf course all day every day of that week. Nor were they holed up in their offices with their books making sure their next sermon is the sermon of all sermons. But when the crowd gathers you then realise what has happened midweek. Being a gatherer of people takes hard work. It is not a move of God only but the rolled up sleeves of the leaders and the followers wanting as many as possible to be in one place to hear something quite amazing! In some churches today the midweek consists of praying for crowds and when the few do gather it feels like hard work.

Interestingly and for the first time within the crowd were not just the Jewish leaders, the holders of ‘the truth’, but the Gentile outcasts, this was revival! They didn’t come because of some new found truth, if it was truth the city dwellers were after they would have gathered long ago. Even today people are not searchers of truth. They want someone to help them in their life. The oldest problem of mankind is that every day people wake and want their life to be better.

But of course in every crowd there are people there for different reasons as we will soon find out. Some were genuine, others inquisitive and others quarrelsome. A swell of numbers doesn’t always indicate success of discipleship.

A lot can happen midweek!

 

 

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