“…and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.”
II Co 9:2
“Preaching to ten is a lot more difficult than speaking to a hundred,” I said to Kathy.
“How so?” she asked.
“There is no buzz created from the pews with only ten people in the congregation and I have to generate my own energy, which is quite laborious,” I replied.
A fire will not last long if we don’t continue adding more logs to it. The fire at our English worship service seems to be fading quickly and, unless we recruit more people to participate, I am afraid the service will dissolve.
There have been visitors to our ten o’clock service over the years, but none of them seemed to stick. We tried to be friendly to them and invited them to come back, but the result has been less than satisfactory.
We all have a group mentality and we are very much impacted by the disposition of a group. This is indeed a Catch 22 situation, for we are too small to draw people to us, yet we will not grow bigger unless we attract more people to our church; therefore we continue to struggle.
Zeal for the Lord is contagious. It’s not necessarily taught, it is caught. There must be some people within the church who are on fire for God in order for the fire to pass on to the rest of the people. Revival within the church almost always starts with one person.
Am I that one person?
Perhaps we need to be praying for that one particular person to surface in our English worship service.
“Am I that person? Lord.” Instead of waiting and looking around, we may have to focus on ourselves and ask this probing question: Why am I not on fire for the Lord?
I might have shown my discouragement about the church through the words I have spoken or my body language over the years, which might have been the major reason for people lacking enthusiasm toward our little service. No matter how many people are sitting in the pews, I need to be on fire for the Lord just the same.
According to Philip Yancy, Dr. Paul Brand, a missionary doctor to India, often delivered sermons fit for Westminster Abbey to a small group of people who were afflicted with leprosy. The insignificance and smallness of the crowd didn’t dampen his zeal for the Lord in any way. We have a great deal to learn from this man who devoted his entire life caring for Indian lepers, who obviously generated his spiritual energy from the Lord while he was preaching to a very small crowd.