“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians [1:27]-29
In God’s economy, bigger doesn’t always mean better, and power isn’t always found in numbers. In fact, the opposite is often the case.
We love to count, don’t we? Whether it’s keeping score or keeping record, humans just love to count. This is no less true when it comes to how we are tempted to perceive our church. There is nothing inherently wrong with counting. In fact, in Acts [2:41] following Peter’s sermon, we read that “there were added that day about 3,000 souls”. The problem arises when we assume that growth means faithfulness.
The church in Philadelphia was a small church. In Christ’s letter to them in Revelation 3 He writes “I know that you have but little power.” Yet, they were commended for their faithfulness and courage in the face of persecution and pressure to deny Christ: “and yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My name.” Of the seven churches addressed, this little church stands out as a prime example of what Jesus desires for us to be.
So whether you attend one of our larger campuses or one of the smallest, the goal is the same…to remain faithful to Him. No doubt, part of that involves reaching others with the Good News of salvation in Christ alone! So let us be faithful in that, and leave the results and the praise, to Christ alone.
Father, may I count today that which matters most to You. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Chronicles 21