No Little People

Francis Schaeffer said – “There are no little people and no big people in the true spiritual sense, but only consecrated and unconsecrated people.”

Schaeffer was talking about how Christians often think they are too small minded, too insignificant, with too little strength, talents, or influence to make a difference and therefore do nothing to try to change the world around them.  To this Schaeffer responds –

“Consider the mighty ways in which God used a dead stick of wood [in reference to the rod of Moses that God used to perform miracles in Exodus]… Though we are limited and weak in talent, physical energy and psychological strength, we are not less than a stick of wood.  But as the rod of Moses had to become the rod of God, so that which is me must become the me of God.  Then, I can become useful in God’s hands.  The Scripture emphasizes that much can come from little if the little is truly consecrated to God.”

Jesus emphasized that size and spiritual power do not go together and that there are different jobs to be done by different people with different roles and responsibilities, but as Christians we all stand before God as equals before one Master.  Therefore each individual should seek to be consecrated before the Lord and discern His will and then do it.  In the knowing and doing of His will it is then that we truly will be happy (John 13:17).

Schaeffer goes on to say in his book that there are no little places.  As humans we are drawn to what is big, flashy, exciting, and therefore think if we are not doing what is exciting in an exciting environment that what we are doing and where we are doing it is insignificant.  Francis challenges Christians not to think this way but rather to consider the situation and place that one finds oneself to be the exact place where the Lord has called him (or her) until the Lord leads that person on to a different situation.  Apart from being still and consecrating oneself before the Lord we become complacent, prideful, and can argue over the smallest or biggest of things.  Schaeffer said, “I have seen fights over who was going to be the president of a Sunday school class composed of three members.  The temptation has nothing to do with size.  It comes from a spirit, a mentality, inside us.”  Francis is pointing us to be humble servants and to realize that with more responsibility comes more opportunities to serve, therefore seek the peace of God in all circumstances so that one can serve for the right reasons in the place God has placed him.

In conclusion –

“Each Christian is called to be a rod for God in the place of God for him.  We must remember throughout our lives that in God’s sight there are no little people and no little places.  Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God’s place for us, at each moment.  Those who think of themselves as little people in little places, if committed to Christ and living under his Lordship in the whole of life, may, by God’s grace, change the flow of our generation.”



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