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Take a census
Pastor Matt Ewart
by Pastor Matt Ewart
February 23, 2024

King David got in trouble when he took a census of his people. The census itself was not wrong, but David’s motivations were. The number of his people made him feel more important, more powerful, and more wealthy. 

This is something for us to be careful with too. It can go to our heads when a lot of people like us or follow us or listen to us. Be careful when you take a census to measure the influence you have.

What strikes me is how Jesus never took a census. He preached, but he never took attendance numbers. He gathered great crowds, but he never pointed to the numbers as a measure of success. There were only two times when Jesus counted his crowds, and those two times have something in common. One of those times is recorded here:

“The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:21).

When Jesus took a census, it had nothing to do with measuring his importance or his success. It had everything to do with how many people he could serve.

Have you been counting people as a way of proving your own success or measuring your importance? Jesus has given you something so much better. You are counted among God’s children because of what Jesus did as your Savior.

As you consider the influence you have, start counting the number of people you get to serve.