The God of Small Beginnings
Have you ever noticed in a sports contest that when a team is ahead with time running out, the strategy often changes from “playing to win” to “playing to avoid losing?” So many of us live life this way. We live to avoid taking a risk, avoid a significant challenge, avoid discomfort, rather than living to win. How boring is that?
Living as an armchair Christian is not a very biblical concept. We are to:
- Ask, seek, knock for a significant kingdom impact
- Strive first for the Kingdom of God
- Seek righteousness
- Pursue peace
- Knock to open doors
“But,” you may say, “the problems of the world, at home and abroad, are too great. What can one person do?”
Every effective Bible character started with small steps. We get encouragement from Zechariah 4 where the message from the Lord is, “Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.” [Zech. 4:10] A plumb line is a small start, but it is a start. This is the same chapter where it is declared that great results come, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord.” [Zech 4:6b]
In other words, the encouragement from the Lord is to play—play to win. Play for a kingdom win, even if it you think the start is a small start. Pray the Lord of the harvest to give you a God-sized dream. It will start small, as all initiatives do.
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Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.