You are a product of God’s multiplication system.
Once upon a time, and once every time—for it is the common story of all people everywhere—we started out life as a single cell. But we did not stay that way: the cell multiplied according to an incredible design, so that today you are a compendium of processes, energy and intelligence, a playground of life united within a coordinated body, a flourishing ecology of cells numbering in the trillions.
But you were one cell to begin with. It’s hard to imagine we were once so small and insignificant. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made—His works are wonderful! (Psalm 139:13-16).
As well as being living examples of cells that multiply, we are also the result of a sacred act, two microscopic entities that collided in our mother’s womb.
I was surprised to learn a few months ago that the male fertilizing sperm is the smallest living cell in the human body—nothing more than a nucleus propelled by mitochondria (providing energy) and a tail. On the other hand, the largest cell in the human body is the egg cell or ovum produced in the female body.
The two cannot be more different. “Egg cell and sperm are each other’s opposite. Large versus small, round versus straight, cytoplasm versus nucleus. The differences are great, at the same time they belong together.” No life can reproduce except these two come together.
At the risk of sounding sacrilegious and trite, I believe the conception of life can be a pregnant metaphor (pardon the pun) for the work of making disciples that we are all called to.
A disciple-making cell of at least two or three disciples where Christ is present is a small thing compared to that which we are thrust into: the earth with her billions of people. But new life in Jesus can only happen as we go into that world to bring the good news of Jesus.
One cell of two or three
The number ‘two or three’ has always been significant in Scripture for establishing the legality of witness under Jewish Law in both Testaments (Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15, John 8:17, 2 Corinthians 13:1, 1 Timothy 5:19).
In NAMS, we have taken this as conferring divine legitimacy on small gatherings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. A basic unit of a church could be reduced down to as few as two or three followers meeting anywhere in Christ for godly purposes. In fact, we know from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18:19-20 that He promises to grace with His presence even two or three of his disciples meeting in His name and to hear their united agreement.
Consequently, one cell of obedient disciples, as small as two or three, can go anywhere to begin a new work because Jesus goes with them. Even a single disciple in a community of unbelievers where there are no others can work to bring others to faith, using the person of peace principle (Luke 10:1-11). Then one small cell of new young believers can begin to be discipled so that in time, the cell multiplies its leader helps them reach and make other disciples.
This has been our experience time and time again. But it starts with one obedient disciple or couple—one disciple-making cell that God can multiply and give life to.
One seed that gives birth to many.
— Manik Corea.
All Nations Bangkok Team Leader,
NAMS South-East Asia