Failure and Success: Just a Small Church Upcountry
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.—Psalm 139:17-18
No matter how insignificant he may have been before, a man becomes significant the moment he has had an encounter with the Son of God. When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ordinary. He immediately becomes extraordinary, and his life takes on cosmic significance. The angels in heaven take notice of him and go forth to become his ministers (Hebrews 1:14). Though the man had before been only one of the faceless multitude, a mere cipher in the universe, an invisible dust grain blown across endless wastes-now he gets a face and a name and a place in the scheme of meaningful things. Christ knows His own sheep “by name.”
A young preacher introduced himself to the pastor of a great metropolitan church with the words, ‘I am just the pastor of a small church upcountry.’ ‘Son,’ replied the wise minister, “there are no small churches.” And there are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a “sign” drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself. We Travel an Appointed Way, 19.
“Lord, I pray this morning for that discouraged pastor of the ‘small church upcountry.’ Let him see how much You care for him, and how significant You see his ministry to be. Amen.”