“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” — Acts 5:42
The stock market rises and falls. Farmers enjoy bumper crops but also suffer through lean years when they lose money. Sometimes our bank accounts are full and then an emergency drains our last dollar. Generally, we think we are doing well when we have more stuff and many friends, but we read in the Bible about God surprising people over and over again by doing a lot with a little.
When thousands of people were hungry after hearing Jesus teach for hours, it looked like they would go home hungry, but Jesus multiplied a small portion into a huge feast for the multitude. “He replied, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They answered, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish — unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.’ (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people” (Luke 9:13-16).
During King David’s long military service, he learned that God is able to use a small army to bring victory without many weapons, horses or chariots. When God steps forward, the largest and most powerful army may be scattered and suffer surprising defeat. Though David built a strong army, he relied on God’s power. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).
When Jesus started Christianity, it began as a small group of 12 disciples. Though most of the congregations in the early Church fit inside small homes, the Gospel message spread throughout the Roman Empire. In spite of many obstacles, the disciples kept preaching about Jesus until their last breath. “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah” (Acts 5:42).
When a few people surrender to Christ, the Holy Spirit empowers us to do more than we ever thought we could.
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia
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