Numbers, Numbers, Is It So Important To Number What We Do?
George Fooshee, in his “Ten Financial Principles that are Biblical”, lists as number seven, Keeping Records and Budgeting. He uses three verses from the book of Proverbs to support his thesis: 23:23 “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” And also 24 “3 Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established: 4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
The concept Fooshee brings is that it is imperative to know how much we have (numbers) in order to build and establish. It is Biblical to know how many we are, how much we have and what we can do with what we have.
Some will argue that David had the idea of a census, but his general, Joab, did not like it and God even sent death to David’s men. This is in 1 Chronicles 21. Jesus is very clear when he gives five, two and one talent. He asks very clearly to his disciples if they were counting the left overs in Mark 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
A professor once told me that God loved numbers so much, that he numbered the days of the week, the months of the year and we got a book of the Bible also called Numbers. There are many more passages in the Bible where we see God numbering things, from the hairs of our head, to the years of our lives. Yes, He gives us a new name written in a pebble, but he counts our blessings to teach us lessons.
What is our reasoning behind numbering? To assess, evaluate and plan accordingly. We need to correct, pray and ask God, consult with an expert, a professional in changing the direction we have. As we come to the last quarter of 2017, I want to encourage you to complete your Annual Church Profile. How can we evaluate what we did this year and plan for the next year or five?
Our Rowan Southern Baptist Association is turning 90 years old and we want to know how we are all doing and what corrections need to be taken. The best and most common way is to number our ministries, to learn how many conversions, baptisms and our mission’s trips and missions giving. We want to set goals for the next ten years, and this is the way of doing it.
I pray that you are encouraged to close 2017 in victory and conquering lostness and darkness through discipling others with the love of Jesus Christ.
Director of Missions
George Fooshee: “Ten Financial Principles that are Biblical” http://www.backtothebible.org/10-financial-principles-that-are-biblical
Update on Venezuela
An election has been called on October 15. Please, pray that the government will respect the results and no lies will be said when results will be determined. Governors and City Mayors will be elected on Sunday 15. Please, pray for peace, restoration and prosperity for Venezuela again. Thank you.