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  • Writer's pictureHeather Roberts

Law of multiplication

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Law of multiplication

            The Lord spoke to me about the law of multiplication in the Kingdom of God when I asked for His wisdom. He taught me of His upside-down Kingdom during two acts of obedience.

The law of multiplication does not apply to the world’s systems, which are based on a one-to-one ratio. What you give is what you get.

The law of multiplication is the exponential growth in the Body of Christ, as each person in the Body completes an act of obedience, contributing to the whole.

First act of obedience

God assigned me the task of gathering items to sell at a resale shop whose proceeds went to a shelter for women escaping human trafficking. I had done this many times, filling two straight trucks’ worth of items. Things as large as shower inserts, and washing machines and as small as one item of clothing. On one particular day, I remember Him prompting me to ask for and gather knit potholders. By the time I was to go pick them up, I was exhausted, and compared to the large items, I did not see the value of driving across town to go get them.

 I lamented on my exhaustion and asked if it was really necessary. This is when He gave me a glimpse of the workings of the Body of Christ. He explained the law of multiplication. I needed to get the potholder because it would multiply resources and obediences, because not only would I receive the favor and blessing for going to the effort of going to get the potholders. The person who created the potholder to sell would get their rewards and favor in the work of their hands, obedience and generosity accounted to her. The resale shop employees would get the privilege of receiving the favor and blessing of obedience and service. While the employees at the home for the women would receive their blessing of being able to remain open, and contribute to the healing of the recovering women. Each person in their acts of obedience and service contributes to and therefore receives the blessings and rewards in heaven of each link in the chain of obedience. Because the full Body of Christ is needed to accomplish God’s purposes. The multiplication factor with even the smallest amount of an object, seed, or deed sewed into the kingdom of God is multiplied exponentially beyond our wildest dreams. 

There is no place for envy or strife, or jealousy in the kingdom of God because we are interwoven and interdependent as the body of Christ. Meaning, as one of us, succeeds, the other succeeds. All members require the fullness of the Body to carry out their individual piece and portion of God’s grand purposes. We must exponentially give, love, and encourage others in the time that we are given.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews, 10:24-25 ESV)

In the earthly kingdom, it is a direct competition between its members. And when there is an error, there is punishment with no mercy. What a sad contrast.

Second act of obedience

In preparing a speech to present at a Christian school, I had asked the Lord what gifts the children had received to bring to the world. He responded among the children were encouragers, exhorters, pastors, and teachers. I understood the importance of pastors and teachers, but encouragers and exhorters seemed less important and possibly irrelevant. This is when He explained the law of multiplication or exponential growth in the Kingdom of God as it applied to the gifts of encourager and exhorter. Based on our deeds done from a heart of love to encourage and exhort or build up others to that extent which we bolstered them to move forward in the Kingdom, then those persons deeds are accounted to us as well. We also receive the reward because of our roles or parts in the Body, and because of God’s overabundance of generosity. Our goal is not to desire more rewards and bank these rewards in heaven, but to understand that according to God’s economy, we cannot lose.

An example of this in the Bible is Barnabas and Paul’s relationship. Barnabas receives the same rewards as Paul because of how he encouraged him to begin his ministry. Had Barnabas not used his gift of encouraging, there would be no ministry of Paul. To the full extent of the encouragement of Barnabas to Paul is the extent to which Barnabas receives a reward for the acts carried out by Paul. God judges the fullness of the gifts’ impact and therefore rewards for the encourager. Only God determines the intent of our hearts and can judge such things.

We do not encourage in order to receive rewards, but because of our heart’s desire to take part in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

“And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Phil 4:19-20, AMP)

Prayer for you and me: Lord Jesus, embolden us so that we might fully know that we cannot lose when we obey You. Every act of obedience and service contributes to and expands the Kingdom of God. Teach us how to lie down self so that we might fully engage in Your Kingdom work. Help us delight in what delights Your heart. Thank You for Your overabundance of generosity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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