Beyond the Numbers Game

The Aquila Report | 1/16/2019 | Staff
just-me (Posted by) Level 3
There is a truth that every person in ministry must eventually confront: God may only give you a small audience. He may only grant you a few supporters. He may only bless you with a small team, a short reach, a limited influence. The question for us back then was how would we respond?

“If you can’t be faithful with a few, don’t ask the Lord to give you many.”

Words - Husband - Friend - Decades - Fact

I’ll never forget those words spoken to my husband and me by a friend and missionary almost two decades ago. In fact, they’ve run through my mind almost weekly since.

At the time, we were newly married and preparing to go overseas as missionaries ourselves. We were hosting small groups at our church and in our home, trying to spread the word about our upcoming endeavor. We needed prayer and financial support to get us where we believed God had called us to go, so we were eager for an audience.

Friend - Decade - Truth - Person - Ministry

Our friend, who was almost a decade ahead of us, pointed out a truth that every person in ministry must eventually confront: God may only give you a small audience. He may only grant you a few supporters. He may only bless you with a small team, a short reach, a limited influence.

The question for us back then was how would we respond?

Do - Few

How Do You Respond the the Few?

Would we be grateful for a small team or begrudge it? Would we thank and honor the Lord with the few or demand that he give us many? Would it feel worth it if only a handful of people responded?

Questions - Persist - Almost - Years - Ministry

And the questions persist. Almost twenty years of ministry later, we still need to routinely ask ourselves this question.

How will you respond to the few? Every Christian must confront these questions because every Christian has a...
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