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The flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself (Amos 2:14).
GOD has always blessed quality rather than quantity in the promotion of His cause. He seeks not men but a man. Never has He been impressed or depressed by numbers, equipment, and ability. Never has He been impressed or depressed by personality, prestige, or popularity. Much of what we call wisdom is sheer foolishness with God. Some jobs may depend on what you know, but the work of God depends upon Whom you know. You must know God. As far as God is concerned there are no “big men” in His work, for He putteth down one and setteth up another. He inspects rather than respects our person. Fact is—humanity must be reduced to practically nothing before it can be induced to do much of anything for Heaven. When a person feels he has nothing, is worth nothing, and can do nothing, aside from Divine assistance, he is eligible for membership in the ranks of God’s “mighty minority.”
It matters little what you have so long as you have God; it matters little where you have been so long as you have been to Calvary; it matters little whom you know as long as you know God; it matters little what you possess as long as you are possessed of the Holy Ghost. God has been known to use a stick in the hand of Moses, a stone in the sling of David, and a staff in the hand of Benaiah. He used vermin to move Pharaoh, as ass to move Baalam, and a fish to move Jonah. His equipment is inexhaustible, and His methods of labor innumerable. All He needs is a yielded instrument.
History usually marks the man who has made a mark for God. Those who have succeeded in surrendering to God the whole man have been known throughout the whole world.Too many are waiting for God to move upon them, when they ought to be prevailing upon Him. We may all sing, “God is still on the Throne,” but I wonder who is sitting upon yours? He stood in honor of His faithful martyr, Stephen, and, no doubt, would stand more often if we gave Him occasion to do so. It is not a matter of whether or not we have numbers—but do we have God? Someone has said, “If God be for us, what difference does it make who is against us?” Anyone plus God is a sufficiency. Some of history’s greatest conflicts have been decided by a minority of men in the hands of Divinity. —George Bowen.
As for me my bed is made: I am against bigness and greatness in all their forms, and (am) with the invisible, molecular, moral forces that work from individual to individual, stealing in through the crannies of the world, like so many soft rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, and yet rending the hardest monuments of man’s pride, if you give them time.
I am against all big organizations as such, national ones first and foremost; against all big successes and big results, and in favor of the eternal forces of truth which always work in the individual…underdogs always, till history comes, after they are long dead, and puts them on top. — William James.
F. A. Schaeffer years later reiterates the truth of William James and George Bowen: “Nowhere more than in America are Christians caught in the twentieth-century syndrome of size. Size will show success. If I am consecrated there will necessarily be large quantities of people, dollars, etc. This is not so. Not only does God not say that size and spiritual power go together, but He even reverses this and tells us to be deliberately careful not to choose a place too big for us. We all tend to emphasize big words and important places, but all such emphasis is of the flesh. To think in such terms is simply to hearken back to the old,unconverted, egoistic, self-centered me.”
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