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We thank God for bringing us into year 2023.

Christians worship a big God with a big mission that will one day reach this whole big world. Yet for all of his bigness, our God has a remarkable love for the small. He sets his eye upon small people in small places during small moments (Psalm 33:18, Matthew 6:4). The Son of God, who “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,” even became small to save us (Philippians 2:6-8).

Yet some of us, for one reason or another, embrace the bigness of God and his mission without likewise embracing his love for the small. And then, finding ourselves unable to escape the small, we can begin to chafe and mutter. We are big dreamers hemmed in, behind and before, by a small job, small church, small town, small life.

The Mega things are not usually ours right now. Nor, however, are they often what we expect. If we allow Scripture to reshape our ideas of size, we will learn to see the day of big things not only off in the future, but in some sense here right now, in the midst of all that seems so small.

Over the course of their three years with Jesus, the disciples needed their ideas of big and small redefined time and again. As with most of us, they had allowed the world to define these terms for them without even knowing it. For them, the big things included important people, large crowds, and a coveted status (Matthew 19:13–15; Mark 1:35–39; 10:35–37). But for Jesus, the great things of the world were like so many mountains of feathers: impressive now (if you don’t look too closely), but ready to be blown away in the judgment.

What, then, is big in the eyes of our Lord? A partial list would include praying, giving, and fasting in secret (Matthew 6:1–18); humbling yourself among the last and the least (Matthew 23:11–12); spending time with children (Matthew 19:13–15); visiting forgotten people in forgotten places (Matthew 25:36); giving a cup of water to one of Jesus’s little ones (Matthew 10:42); remaining faithful with however many talents you have (Matthew 25:14–30). What is small among men is big in the sight of God (Luke 16:15).

 

But what is God saying about the year 2023?

As long as we expect Mega to come now and on the world’s terms — whether in our churches, in our cities, or in our own souls — we will be tempted to forsake the seemingly weak instruments of faith and faithfulness. Instead of planting, watering, and waiting for God to give the growth (1 Corinthians 3:5–7), we may try to pump the soil with chemical fertilizer.

An arm of flesh can never produce the day of big things, at least if we allow God to define Mega for us. Mega things come only from the Spirit as he works through his small but faithful people.

As long as we are in the day of small things, then, our job is to bear the Spirit’s fruit of faithfulness as we wait for God to bring the Mega things (Galatians 5:22–23).

 

To this end, year 2023 is declared our Year of Mega Things.

The anchor scripture is Acts 4:33, KJV: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Looking forward to see you in all our services both on site and online. God bless you.

Shalom!