I was struck today by the NOT MANYs in the Bible. It seems like there is a tendency for Father to not depend on large numbers, not consensus, nor popular opinions, not democratic opinion, no focus groups, not cultural acceptance, not what the news media says.
No over and over and over again HE demonstrates his power and might by using the not many to put down the wise and powerful.
I will confess, sometimes I am discouraged. I feel like the witness of the Gospel is being lost to a perishing generation. That in 50 years there will be 27 christians left in the USA. I know it's not true. I know there will come a great falling away and then a great move of God.
Yet, I want to see things as God sees them. He says, "I don't NEED a majority, I AM the majority"
I could list hundreds of Bible examples where God only used a few or weak in the face of many to stand against the foe. Gideon, David and Goliath, the Few Loaves and Fishes, Rahab, One unable to speak, Moses, Twelve unlearned Disciples and many more.
HE admits it is his way to use the NOT MANY:
1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
It is thus today. Who was Moody? Who was the Plumber Wigglesworth? Who was a poor preacher from Atlanta M L King, Who was Booth (Salvation Army), Who were those nobodies on Azusa street led by William J Seymour who was so foolish he sat with a box over his head until he heard from GOD. That is a NOBODY, a NOT MANY if I ever heard one. YET nothing has been the same since.
The NOT MANY changed the world. With God nothing is impossible. You and GOD are THE MAJORITY.
We still have the "not many" changing the world. You don't have to get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone to make a difference. YES the world strives for recogniion. IF you are going to be a NOT MANY, you will have to stand against the MANY. That means you will be against what your culture, the media, the popular opinion calls good.
Be a NOT MANY.... that is who God uses.
Whenever I get such a word, I KNOW God gave it to me for a reason.