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by Bill Denton
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NAS)
People frustrate me sometimes, too, Mr. Williams! Especially when these traits are true about Christians. We bat around terms like abundant life, eternal life, spiritual life and a host of others. We end up with little more than the same sort of life that can be found just about anywhere else. No wonder so many non-Christians feel moved to ignore us, or laugh at our pseudo-spirituality that promotes about as many problems as it does answers. You think Im over-reacting? I suggest you get out more often and open your ears to what folks around us are thinking and saying.
Heres what I do know from the Bible. There isnt anything we can ask or think that God cant do. We cant even think up impossibilities for God. Now he wont necessarily choose to do them just because we thought them up. The point, however, is that God is limitless. Our puny efforts at accomplishing significant things for Gods kingdom are largely due to the fact that we think far too small.
Put these two traits together and youve got the makings of real failure. Little ideas coupled with the unwillingness to start with anything small is a guaranteed wash out. I know it sounds odd, but its true. We end up with rinky-dink efforts that no one wants to do.
All the time, its as if God is saying, Hey! Think up something really big and get to work on it being faithful with your small beginnings! Do this, and Ill help you.
Last time I looked, big oak trees still started out as small acorns. What if God said, Acorns are just so small, Im not going to waste my time producing an oak tree. God wouldnt say that, but we might. But God sees the big results of small beginnings.
The Church is in dire need of people who will put their brains to work thinking up ways to serve others, to preach the gospel to the lost, to care for the hurting, and a thousand other things. But, most of them will probably start out rather small. Some may not ever get really big in size, but they may have huge accomplishments in peoples lives.Others will start small and only God can see how big they will be. So, lets plant some ministry acorns today!
Author: Bill Denton
Publication Date: January 25, 2002
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