A week ago, Super Junior fans from far and wide flocked into Trinoma, waited patiently for hours, and endured having to stand the entire time just to catch a glimpse of their objects of awe.

They were willing to make sacrifices just to witness something special.

Shock and awe seems like the best way to get people to follow you. That is exactly why the concept of marketing exists. We love seeing wonders. We pay thousands for entertainment. This human condition was never a secret from God.

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

John 2:23-25

Jesus had groupies. Yup! They are no different from fans of this day and age. They followed Him wherever He went and listened intently to what He said. However, like most groupies, they’re just there for the big stuff.

Christ knew that even if these people were in awe of him, he cannot entrust himself to all of them. He knew that once the going gets tough, the number of groupies will be whittled down. And He was okay with it. After all, it’s never about the quantity of believers, but the depth of faith of His followers that mattered to Him. Jesus wanted followers not groupies.

It’s sad how churches nowadays make the number of attendees their primary purpose. Essential principles like real fellowship, lifestyle choices, and commitment are set aside to make the church more hip and in the now. Just to get people to come, preachers are afraid to preach, worship leaders sing worldly songs, and leaders fail to rebuke others. Small churches think that they are unsuccessful just because they can’t bring in a big number.

I’m not saying that megachurches are bad. All I’m saying is that small churches should not feel inferior.

Big events and inspired programs can help multiply membership exponentially, but that’s not all that matters. Even Jesus knew that miracles can draw crowds, but it’s a totally different mix that will get them to commit to a relationship with Him.

So, if your church can’t afford the big conference places, fireworks, or an awesome sound system, don’t be disappointed. It’s better to have 12 disciples than a massive crowd that’s only there for the freebies.

And that’s my two cents on that.