The God of Small Beginnings

Have you ever noticed in a sports contest that when a team is ahead with time running out, the strategy often changes from playing to win to playing to avoid losing?  So many of us live life this way.  We live to avoid taking a risk, avoid a significant challenge, avoid discomfort, rather than living to win. How boring is that?

Living an armchair Christian is not a very biblical concept. We are to

  • Ask, seek, knock for a significant kingdom impact
  • Strive first for the Kingdom of God
  • Seek righteousness
  • Pursue peace
  • Knock to open doors.

But you say, “the problems of the world, home and abroad, are too great. What can one person do?” Notice how every effective Bible character started with small steps. 

We get encouragement from Zechariah 4. The author argues, “Do not despise small beginnings.” He notes that there will be rejoicing when the Lord’s servant Zerubbabel starts the rebuilding of the temple by working with a plumb line.  It is a small start, but it is a start. This is the same chapter where it is declared that a great result comes, “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord.”

In other words, the encouragement from the Lord is to play—play to win. Play for a kingdom win, even if it we think the start is a small beginning. Pray the Lord of the harvest to give you a God sized dream. It will start small, as all initiatives do.

Get started today. Speak to your pastor or outreach leader about how you can be used to make a Kingdom impact. Enter a profile at MissionNext to explore how your significant life skills can be used to make a difference.





Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.

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