What may seemingly be as one or insignificant, isn’t how you measure success or worth in God.
What may only be small beginnings or a small group, is NOT how you measure and weigh success. You measure all things in life by The Word of God, as ministered through your life by The Holy Ghost.
“For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of The LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth,” Zechariah 4:10.
God says to judge according to the fruit. I am not talking about how many souls are saved, or how many miracles happen, although they are good fruit that follow a minister or ministry.
No, the type of fruit I am speaking about, are the fruits that are evident in the life of a Christian. We are to judge by The Fruit of The Spirit.
A person can be highly anointed and people get saved, healed, delivered, etc. but that person can be out of God’s Will and Order!
Why you may ask? Because the anointing isn’t for the minister, the anointing is evident for the people who need to hear God and be saved!
How a person lives and how they conduct themselves in God, is where we judge by The Fruit of The Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,” Galatians 5:22-25 emphasis added.
You align yourself to and measure by The Holy Spirit!
Remember Anna who ministered in the temple day and night in fasting and prayer, recognized the Child. (Luke 2:36-38) .
Simeon was given a promise from God that he would not see death until he saw the promised Christ child. Simeon waited a long time for that word from God.
Simeon said his ministry would see the coming one that would take the sin of the world. (Luke 2:25-32) He waited his whole life to see his promise.
Look at Mary. She carried the promised Christ child in her womb, then tended to Jesus as his mother. What a powerful ministry she had and she was one person!
Abraham was one man whose loins would come to the nations of the world! All of these examples seem insignificant, there weren’t many that followed them, yet they accomplished their ministry on earth.
You cannot measure a person’s worth in ministry by numbers, or having small groups.
Being small or being one doesn’t indicate failure or bad fruit. Jesus was the Christ the son of the living God and his ministry did not start till he was 30 years old and his ministry lasted 3 years on earth!
Jesus visited his home of Nazareth and people said, “Can any good thing come from Nazareth?” and so “he couldn’t do many works there due to their unbelief.” (John 1:46, Matthew 13:58)
You may be in a town that knows all about you and they see no worth in your life in God, but God sees and knows. Do not despise small beginnings! God knows what He is doing! He sends laborers to where the need is greater, where the laborer will be received.
The LORD often keeps a lot of things hidden from view! He doesn’t want the enemy to know His Plans. God’s tactics are divine in a person’s life.
God may have given you a powerful ministry. However, being powerful doesn’t necessarily mean great numbers of followers, it could mean great faith!
Many judge ministries by great numbers of souls which is good, but there are other ways that God gives us talents.
You may be frustrated today because you seem small, insignificant, with no fruit. What may seem small in only a moment can be a breakthrough when God takes his vintage vessel that has aged in that cellar-like fine vintage wine. God knows when it’s time to shine!
The LORD still visits Bethlehem, a seemingly small insignificant places. One man, the prophet Elijah, was sent to a nation to prove to the people that God is God and he hasn’t changed.
God still uses widows, He used a woman at a well to tell her whole town about Jesus. That woman being the first evangelist to Samaria.
God still sends fiery prophets from the wilderness, and He sends shepherd boys to watch His Sheep.
May you be edified today beloved that though it seems small, you are still in God’s timeline and frame and he will do accordingly to his promises to you.
You shall see the promises of God! Remember that numbers don’t indicate anointing or success. Look for The Fruit of The Spirit, and the signs to follow them who believe. (Mark 16:20)
“By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus,” Acts 4:30 .
Being successful is learning to walk in The Spirit and going through the process of allowing The Holy Spirit to develop The Fruit of The Spirit in your life.
Learning to grow up is successful! Learning to be living epistles seen and read of all men is successful! Be encouraged beloved of God!
Beloved, He has a Plan for your life and don’t despise small beginnings!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey