The book of Numbers received its name from the census discussed in this chapter. Throughout the book, you will notice specific numbers that are used as a means of encouragement for future generations. According to that census, Israel had over 600,000 twenty year-old men who were ready and able to fight. That means that the nation itself was around 1.2-1.5 million people strong. In four hundred years, God took one family and multiplied it into over a million people. He blessed them even when they were in captivity with strong, healthy children who would later lead them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. God multiplied their numbers exponentially. This truth reminds me that God wants to do the same with His church. If the only way Israel grew was by having babies, then does it not make sense that the only way God's church will grow is by having spiritual babies. I am not sure how you approach evangelism or one-on-one soul-winning, but I know for me, it is easy to get so caught up in the minutiae that I cannot remember the ultimate goal. I can focus on events and worship times more than personal witnessing, and that is a problem because His kingdom does not grow and His church does not grow, because we do not have baby believers to raise up. What needs to happen to get us on our knees and in our neighborhoods? God is telling us to keep one eye on eternity and the other on this world and all of its drama and chaos.

Help me, Lord, to keep personal soul-winning at the forefront of my mind. Help me to love those You bring into my life enough to tell them the truth about You.