You attend one of those little churches? Only one full-time pastor (perhaps paid, perhaps not), he is never going to be well known or write a bestselling book, but he is faithful to the text of God’s Word. The teens are led by volunteers (when they have enough for activities), the music is good, but occasionally there are hiccups (like that time the slide said “Holly Holly Holly” instead of “Holy Holy Holy”). The bathroom is occasionally out of toilet paper, and the smudge on the mirror is still there.
Perhaps you have thought, “I wish we were bigger,” “If only people would stay who want more programs, we would have the people to have the programs,” or “we like our church, but we cannot do much in our community because we are small.”
I have great news for you! God regularly uses what some consider insignificant. Some of my favorite accounts in the Bible are what God did with only one person or just a few people to bring about His Will. For example, have you read 2 Samuel 23? There the record of David’s soldiers and those who fought for him even when in exile, are recorded. Verse 9 reads, “Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three.” Notice the numbers of this account are not a fairy tale, tall tale, or just some story, it is the account of a mighty warrior.
Have you not read how Paul saved the passengers of a ship and no one was lost, even when there was opposition from a stubborn captain? Or how about the well-known parable of the loaves and fishes? Or the few lepers who could have eaten the food left behind by the destroyed army that had besieged Jerusalem, but went and proclaimed good news to their suffering city? All of these are accounts of the insignificant being used in powerful ways.
If your small church has believers in Christ, those saved through faith in Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, sealed for the Day of Redemption, and doing good to all, especially those of the household of faith, you have mighty warriors gird with the Armor of God and commanded to “make disciples of all nations.” You are not besieged and doomed band of survivors hoping to make it out unscathed. Look at 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” You are the children of God (John 1:12) and those whom God has called to be used to “let your light shine before men.” An insignificant tea light illuminates a dark room, how much more those who reflect the Light of the World into the darkness?
So, if you find yourself lamenting the lack of people who attended the services of the church you attend, if you are disappointed more people did not turn out for the event you hoped would have a big impact, if you are concerned whether God can use such a minuscule band of Christ followers, pray God uses your gathering. Pray God would reach the lost, weary, heavy laden, and discouraged to be born again to a living hope. Let Colossians 3:16 be your practice: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.