Sometimes culture says bigger is better, that size is the truest measure of success. It takes a strong person to resist that trend, especially if he or she is laboring in a small place. But we must not "pass by what is really great."

It's not that numbers are not important. Numbers represent living people with eternal needs. We should certainly all strive and pray for large numbers of people to enter the kingdom, but numbers mustn't be the sole basis for self-esteem.

The Lord does not call us to find fulfillment in the amount of work we do for Him, or the number of people who are a part of that work, but in faithfully doing our work for His sake. Serving our great God with His strength in a small way is not a stepping-stone to greatness, it is greatness.