I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work…”  Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)

As a Christ-follower, I have found many of my thoughts and actions are totally opposite of God’s. I am not talking about sin but just different. For example, when someone hurts you or does something to you, the ‘natural’ man will usually respond in a way that is totally opposite of the way God would have us respond. MT. 5:43-45  The world says if you want to be rich; be stingy. God on the other says giving is the way of receiving. Luke 6:38

Recently I have had a change in my thinking concerning how I view the church. For years, I have viewed the “small” church as inferior to larger churches. Small churches, in my thinking,  just hadn’t arrived yet. They weren’t as successful as the large church. Many people look at the small church as an “unwanted, red-headed step-child.”

But does God categorize churches by size? No. How does not see churches as large or small. He just sees THE church. Jesus is the head of the church, so wherever He is worshiped that is church. Mt. 18:20 Churches are not called to be successful (at least as others think) but they are called to be faithful. Mt. 5:21

God must love the small church, He made so many of them.

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2 thoughts on “

  1. Insightful. In fact, Americans think success is always the extra large size in anything. Bigger is always better. Certainly God can use big, but success, as you so aptly said, is faithfulness. Not size, nor even outcome for that matter. Just loving, persistent, patient faithfulness.

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