I Samuel 2:18
“Get out your cell phones,” yelled the 30-something tatted minister “and text the number of one of our seven Easter services you’ll be attending.” Immediately a pie graph appeared on the jumbotron letting everyone know that over 50% of those present would be at the same service come Easter morning. I don’t understand the mechanisms necessary to instantly calculate all those text messages. But, I wondered how many members of the congregation my husband pastor’s would know how to send a text message!
Ministering has become complex in this age of podcast, facebook and web page. Amongst ministers and church members a single question prevails, “How large is your congregation?” Small is considered unsuccessful while bigger indicates “something is happening.” And yet, not a day goes by where the media isn’t reporting on the collapse of something big.
And then these few words of reminder - great things, big things can come in small packages. Age or size didn’t matter when God chose Samuel to be the priest of His people. “Boy” and “priestly” seems like an oxymoron. By all reasoning they don’t go together. But the message remains, whoever you are, whatever you do, no matter your size, God can and wants to use you in His kingdom.
As I streamed out, with hundreds of worshipers, I thanked God for using the tatted, jumbotron church. But, I was also thankful that there is room in the kingdom for people who don’t know how to send a text!
Thank you, God, for making room in your kingdom, with no discrimination.