Last November The Elim Arrival had the opportunity to serve a multitude of middle school and high schoolers at a retreat called “Rye” at The Church on Northland. On Sunday, July 31 we were invited back to this church to open up for a band called “Blank Pages.” This event was one open to the community and we are thankful that we were able to be part of it. We must be faithful with anything God has given us to do. We must not box-in the will of our incorruptible God by the standards of corruptible man.
We often think that large crowds, amazing music and persuasive words is what draws a person to Jesus. Yes, God does use this, but we must be able to discern between the Spirit transforming a heart and the moment stirring up emotions.
While we were serving, we noticed that the event did not draw in a large crowd. At first, this can discourage the heart of those who are serving and those who put on the event.
Let me speak this word over it though, which is not my word, but His. “Those who are faithful with little will also be faithful with much, but those who are not faithful with little, will not be faithful with much.”
The love of Christ is without partiality, which means we should not love on people more and give more effort just because the crowd is thicker. While we were ministering, God’s Word was stirring in my mind, “’What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.’” (Matthew 18:12-14).
How much the Father values every single individual that we get the opportunity to minister to. Christ would abandon the whole crowd for that one person that is straying away just for the chance that they may be found and return to their Shepard.
How great is the depth, height, width and length of our God’s love for us. Let us love without partiality, remembering how important each individual is to our God.
-On behalf of The Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival