I look at events that have attracted large crowds to them and I try to see if the people are there for the speaker, or the singer or for the entertainment or for something to do just to have fun.
It would not surprise me if all of these were reasons at some point or another. But to consistently be at a seminar where the Kingdom of God was the only discussion, it would seem that you would need quite the motivational speaker.
Our world has seen its share of them, whether we have seen them on TV or in our mega church scenario or even our evangelists who have engaged with audiences all over the world.
The one thing that draws all of us to them – whether they are good or bad – is that they have the ability to tap into our mainstream need to hope. That need to hope for another day, to get through the day, to make the day seem not so dark is a need that many keep looking for without be satisfied that they have received it.
What seems worse is that even our best evangelist – and let’s say that is Billy Graham – only 3% of those who make a commitment to follow Jesus actually remain faithful to that commitment.
It seems that hope is fleeting, does not have anchors, the lottery ticket concept of hope causes us to keep trying other things.
So when the crowds gather around Jesus, He tells them straight out, as much as His message is designed to bring them to God, He knows that many of them will not be able to come as they will fall away. But for those who are ready to follow, their lives will exponentially explode as God works in their life. Their hopes of a life changed will be realized.
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach – Matthew 13:1-2