The least is the greatest, said Jesus, and what do we consider lagging behind, insignificant or least today? What else but small churches. People think small churches lack favor from God just because they're small and moneyless. But they're moneyless because most big ones are greedy. If we get rid of greed and obey Jesus, all churches (especially moneyed and properties churches) will give up their wealth and give to poor ones.
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Then they'll begin to understand how small is powerful in Christ. With smaller load in front of you, you see what's ahead better. With smaller load behind your back, you walk better, too. In this sense, it's useless and wasteful to brag about how big and moneyed and propertied your church is if you don't give up everything. It doesn't mean anything in the Spirit. Hollow pride. James says the rich should take pride in their lowly position. That's the only "pride" counted in heaven.
It's in small things that a pure heart is revealed. The poor widow gave very small copper coins in the offering and it revealed her heart. In the Spirit, her small copper coins were worth more than what the rich gave because the copper coins were all she had. The rich gave big offerings, but their spiritual poverty was revealed---because they gave a pittance out of their wealth. Small is powerful in Christ when it is done with a big heart.
But how about giving a big offering with a big heart? Isn't that better? In Christ there's no such thing as "big offering." It's either all or nothing. The poor widow was great in God's eyes not because of her small copper coins but because she gave her everything. A 'big heart" means you give up everything to God. Thus, you can't give just a "big offering" and think you have a big heart. You have to give up everything. That's what I mean by small is powerful in Christ.
Because it's easier to give up small. If you are trustworthy with small, you are with big. It doesn't say the reverse. No such thing as, "If you're trustworthy with big, then you're trustworthy with small." Jesus didn't put it that way because he knew the human heart. The moment you get big you won't be able to give up everything. It's hard for the rich to enter God's Kingdom, he said. That's why small is powerful in Christ.
Look at big, moneyed and propertied churches and denominations. Tell them to give up everything then give to the poor. They'll just laugh at you and think you're nuts---and you're "out of context" (that's their favorite alibi). They can't do it. They'd rather give big amounts than give up everything. They'd rather feed the poor with soup and bread.
Give Up Your Ministry
So being small is a big advantage, really. It's easy to give up everything if you're small. So, give up your ministry. Keep it "small" so it's easy to give up to God. If you're growing in numbers, subdivide. Release the other half to your disciple---or release portions to your disciples. This way, all the space you need is your house. God's present move is going back to house churches in these end-times. That will keep us meek.
Train your disciples well in the Spirit (they will be your sons and daughters in faith later) and give them portions of your ministry---and then release them. Let them grow. And then they, too, should divide later into smaller groups and be released, and so on. To me, the ideal to keep with you is 12 to 15. Well 20, the most. God's design for the church is family. It's much easier to be faithful with 15 disciples than 100 or 200 church members.
Your sons and daughters in Christ remain connected to you. You continue to feed them. They continue to honor you as their father in faith. But you DON'T OWN their ministries. These breakaway groups or churches are your offspring in Christ but remember that your sons and daughters are now responsible for them. They're connected to you in Spirit but independent. It's a real family in Christ. You let them enjoy their uniqueness, freedom and their own accountability to God.
So forget about your ambitions of having mega churches. It's difficult to give up everything when you have mega churches. I heard one pastor with a mega church say, "They're stealing my members" when some of his members transferred churches. He thought he OWNED these souls. He probably thought he died for them.
Only Jesus owns souls.
Many church leaders begin to think like this because they find it hard to give up their ministries when they get big. Look at denomination leaders. They cannot give up everything. They want to maintain their empires. Well, worse are pastors who have small churches and yet cannot give them up entirely to God. One sign you can't give up your ministry to God is when you harbor ambitions of having a big church you can brag about as your own (and you begin to think you own people's souls, too). That's not the small I mean here.
How God looks at small. That small is powerful in Christ.
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