From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. – 1 Chronicles 12:32
I was disturbed when I read the words of a Christian leader and saw where he had multiplied the use of the terms “small” and “little” to describe a local church in Florida. While the term might have been descriptive, he used these terms to imply that the church was also insignificant.
In the list of all those who rallied to King David after Saul’s death, we find the tribe of Issachar who (unlike the other tribes numbering in the tens of thousands) only numbered 200 tribal leaders (with their relatives); however, the biblical record reveals that these men “understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”
In the West we have a fascination with all things “large,” but spiritually-speaking there is no such thing as a “small” church. There may be small numbers, small buildings, small programs, and small budgets (even small or nonexistent A/V systems), but the size of a church is determined by its heart for God and His purposes.
Just remember this, Jesus once had a “small” band of followers that, empowered by the Spirit of God, changed the world.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. – Mohandas Ghandi
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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