The Trap of Judging Glory By Size

Friday is for Heart Songs

The denominational conference just ended. You returned to your church, large or small, having witnessed the parade of speakers and conversations that seemed to always exalt one of three things: bigger churches, bigger personalities, or younger leaders. Now you are back home and wondering if your ministry will ever amount to anything like theirs.

Your heart is already in a bear trap and you feel both helpless and guilty. But its even worse than than. Not only is your heart trapped, there are other perils waiting. A new temptation is crouching at your door. Envy. You know you should be rejoicing in what God is doing in the “bigger church” or through the charisma of this or that young leader, but instead you are secretly harboring dark thoughts that your brothers ministry would fail in some way. What is going on in your heart is wicked and you know it.

You’ve been there. Maybe not this year. But you have been there. And if you say you haven’t, you’re lying.

  • Repent.
  • Run to Jesus.
  • Go to the cross.
  • Receive his forgiveness and give your heart some perspective.

Tozer will help. Here’s his words to remind you to just be faithful to the Living God you serve.

Failure and Success: Size Matters Little

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
—Luke 16:15

To God quality is vastly important and size matters little. When set in opposition to size, quality is everything and size nothing….

Man’s moral fall has clouded his vision, confused his thinking and rendered him subject to delusion. One evidence of this is his all but incurable proneness to confuse values and put size before quality in his appraisal of things. The Christian faith reverses this order, but even Christians tend to judge things by the old Adamic rule. How big? How much? and How many? are the questions oftenest asked by religious persons when trying to evaluate Christian things….

The Church is dedicated to things that matter. Quality matters. Let’s not be led astray by the size of things.

A.W. Tozer Born After Midnight, 72-73,75.


5 thoughts on “The Trap of Judging Glory By Size

  1. Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    One of the basic principles of this powerful little verse is that we are directed to focus on doing one day well.

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    1. “Doing one day well.” Brilliant John. Just had this conversation with a young church planter and another man going through a divorce. “Stop worrying about the future and live a holy minute” I told them both. Then live another holy minute.

      Good word brother. Love the concise wisdom you offer.

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  2. I should have carried the thought another step or two further. Implicit in this verse is the thought that I am directed to concentrate on doing the day well that God has assigned to me. To concentrate on revealing His love and glory to my personal mission field and not to covet someone else’s.

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  3. Marty, I can’t help but be reminded of the “new member” classes that you and I conducted in preparation for beginning worship at New Song Church. In our rented storefront multipurpose facility, we were prepared for a dozen or more at the first scheduled meeting. With the years of planning, preparing, praying that we had put in separately and the many months together, it was clear in my mind that New Song would break forth fully formed, as the myth held that Diana / Venus leapt fully formed from the brow of Zeus / Jupiter, and it would begin with that meeting.

    I don’t recall that either of us expressed disappointment that only ONE person showed up. We went ahead with the class as if that was the number we had expected all along. The dear lady who had come was attentive and engaging and soon became a valued member of our fledgling church body. Only later was it clear, at least to me, that her personality was such that she would never have opened up in a crowd the way she did with just the three of us together. It seemed after the fact that the Lord had purposely locked the door behind her so that she would have the opportunity to get acquainted with New Song in her own way. If she had come with a larger group of prospects, she might not have stayed with us long enough to connect as she did in that one small session, or if she stayed, might never have been as involved..

    That lesson was clear to me that each of us matters to our Lord, and each one must matter to each other one. We must never lose sight of the trees while looking at the forest.

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