Every outreach is significant whether we are reaching one or one thousand and one. Looking at the ministry Christ had on the earth, we see Him feeding a multitude of over five thousand, and we see Him reaching out to one woman at a well. We see Jesus getting into a boat because of a crowd pressing to get near Him, and we see Him stopping to find the one person who touched the hem of His garment.
The true heart of a father would be to rescue every child of his that is in danger, not just the majority. A true father would want to feed, provide, protect, and care for every child, not just a select few. Our Father in heaven is the same way about His creation. It’s not just about the ones who are sitting at the table; it’s about the ones who are missing from the table. It’s about the ones who are lost, far away, and blind about knowing His love.
God has sent me to preach to hundreds in crusades in Egypt and to dozens in river towns in Guyana. One was not more significant than the other based on numbers. In Isaiah 6, when Isaiah said, “Lord, send me,” he wasn’t saying, “Send me to where I would like to live or I would like to go.” Isaiah was responding to God’s desire to reach a specific group of people. Isaiah’s meaning was ,”Send me to where You want me to go, to reach the people You want to reach.” There is a joy in giving the Father what He wants.
Look at Philip the evangelist in Acts 8, experiencing the joy of an entire city after his efforts to preach there. Then the Lord instructs him, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza (a desert area.)” Verse 27 “So he arose and went.” There he found ONE man, an Ethiopian, seeking to understanding Isaiah’s prophecy. The Spirit said, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him. Here we see God’s heart that heard the prayers of one man, and and sent a “sent one” who would obey. The two went down to the river and Philip baptized the one. Afterwards the Spirit of God translated Philip to the next location for the next assignment. The point is, that one man was valuable enough to God to send someone willing to go. We should learn from Philip and be that one. We will be willing if our motive is to please the God we serve rather than to feel good about ourselves because we looked good on social media or we were recognized by the community or some organization asked us to share our story at a conference. Our reward is to stand before God one day to hear His voice say to us, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord (Matthew 25).”
The Bible says in Luke 15:7 that the angels rejoice when ONE receives salvation. Jesus told the parable of the ONE sheep that the shepherd went after, the ONE coin that the woman searched for, the ONE son the Father celebrated. We tend to think that the bigger churches are the more successful churches, the bigger outreaches are the more successful outreaches, but success in the kingdom has a different meaning to God. Reaching each and every person is what the Father is about. He is pleased with our obedience, not our numbers. Thank God for the big churches and the big outreaches, but don’t despise the churches who are reaching into rural areas to find the poor, the abandoned and the forgotten. Don’t look down on the outreaches that are reaching one single mom, one heroin addict, or one abused child.
We should all want to be effective and reach more people, whether the increase is one or one hundred, based on the assignment. Aren’t you glad Jesus came after you? You didn’t deserve it; I didn’t deserve it. What about the one God is sending you to? Do we consider that person worth our effort, worth our resources, worth our time? Thank God for the big crowds, the big churches, and the big outreaches. And thank God if He considers you faithful, like Philip, to be obedient to go after the one.