I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel like I’m not accomplishing anything significant in life. I don’t see the results I would like. The wheels keep spinning but it doesn’t produce many visible outcomes. That happens often in small, rural churches.
Words like insignificant, unimportant, irrelevant, inconsequential are often part of my mental vocabulary. We don’t normally equate small with significant.
One reason for this equivalency is that our culture has taught us that large is better than small. Everyone strives for big. Bigger businesses. Bigger churches. Bigger events. No one likes small. Small is bad.
But is it?
Certainly there are times when small is not ideal – when growth is not only desirable but necessary. But is small always bad and large always good?
There were times when God used the small – even the insignificant to advance His Kingdom.
He chose Israel to represent Him on this earth, not because they were big or mighty but because they were small. He specifically said that He chose them because they were the least of all peoples (Deuteronomy 7:7).
He selected David the youngest and the smallest of his family (1 Samuel 16:11-12) to take down the giant, Goliath and then to rule His people.
He used a little servant girl to bring healing to General Naaman (2 Kings 5) and He picked another little girl from an insignificant village to bear the Messiah (Luke 1).
All of them small but not insignificant.
That’s just the way God works. He sometimes chooses to use the little things instead of the big things.
Which should say several things to us.
One is that God is OK with small things. They aren’t insignificant to Him. In fact, they are important enough for Him to use in His eternal plan.
Another is that God can use small things for big purposes. All of the illustrations I gave above testify to this.
A third is that small things have the potential to have an impact/influence that is out of proportion to their size. That’s encouraging.
I’m not trying to defend staying small. I’m just saying that small is not the end of the world when it comes to serving God.
If God has you in a small place, serve Him well. You’ll never know what kind of impact you will have.
And in that reality, I find great encouragement.
Stay in the Word