Summary: An Expository Message On How God Works Mightily Through Small Things.
Luke Series #65 May 19, 2002
Title: Is Bigger Really Better?
Introduction: Welcome to New life in Christ. I believe that the Word of God is vital to developing and equipping healthy Christians and a healthy church. It is the Word of God that keeps us from error and discouragement, also enabling us to live in the center of God’s will. In Psalm 1 the Bible says that those who delight in the Word of God and seriously think about it day and night will be strong and prosperous, like a tree planted by the water. I believe the Word is invaluable and this is why I study and teach you the Bible verse-by-verse. This morning we are continuing in Chapter 13 of the Book of Luke in our verse-by-verse teaching series out of that book.
Today I will be teaching from a very short passage, only three verses, but do not mistake the size of the passage for the important of the passage!
Read Luke 13:18-20
Let me start out this morning with a little quiz. What is the world’s biggest mountain? (Mt. Everest) What type of tree is the tallest? (Redwood) Who is the world’s richest man? (Bill Gates) What is the longest chapter of the Bible? (Psalm 119) Well you have done very well at the quiz so far but it is not quite over. What is the world’s smallest mountain? (Mt. Greylock) What type a tree is the shortest? (Dwarf Willow 5cm when full grown) Who is the world’s poorest man? (Jed Matthews owes 22.4 million and has no assets due to bad investments in an Internet company) What is the shortest chapter of the Bible? (Psalm 117 with only 2 verses)
You didn’t do as well on the second half of our quiz, but I didn’t really expect you that you would. The quiz was obviously given to prove a point. The point being that people tend to recognize, respect and remember those things in life which are the largest, most grandiose, numerical, etc while we tend to give little thought to the small and seeming insignificant things.
In nearly every aspect of our lives we tend to adhere the motto: “Bigger is Better.” We now drive vehicles known as SUV’s (in the military we called them tanks) because bigger is better. We are not satisfied with Wal-Mart but look for a Super Wal-Mart because bigger is better. We can even Supersize our meal at McDonalds because bigger is better.
Is bigger always better? No, not when it comes to spiritual things. Jesus uses these 3 verses to correct our thinking about bigger being better in spiritual things and God’s work. He does this because we tend to hold to the thinking that bigger is better in spiritual things like we hold to that thinking about worldly things. We tend to believe that more people, more money, bigger ministries and buildings, more programs, and greater talent will result in greater effectiveness at God’s work. We often think that God is doing more and can do more where there is something going on that looks grand and marvelous.
At the same time we tend to think the opposite about smaller things. We act as though God is not working or could not work though smaller churches and ministries, lesser talent, and fewer programs. “If it isn’t big, God must not be in it” would be an accurate representation of some people’s thinking and feeling.