When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” Psalm 105:12-15 NIV
Sometimes, when we’re trying to figure out how to accomplish what God has put on our hearts, we tend to stall our efforts, waiting to find the right number of people to help get it done. We think–we need more, but when we have a few–dedicated, committed people, we can accomplish much.
For further proof of this we need but to look at Gideon and how God reduced his army so they would not take credit for the victory because of their might, but they would be able to see the victory that God arranged with the few.
Think about all the accomplishments made in organizations by a few. The Navy Seals are a few elite trained force. The Secret Service are fewer in number than most police districts and are more effective. Committed public servants–few in number–can accomplish great deeds. We should not allow “numbers” to interfere with our progress in any situation.
Though we have little money, when we exercise wisdom given by God, we accomplish much. Though we have small congregations, when the leadership is committed to hearing God, much is accomplished. And if we’re honest about who’s running this country, we need look no further than the 1% who hold and control the wealth–and this is not saying that God is with them.
The point being made is while we stew in our meanderings trying to figure some things out, we simply need to trust God and avail ourselves of the help from the few who are committed to accomplishing. For whatever God has put in our hearts to do, He has already arranged its success–we just need to hear and obey and not worry about how many are involved.
Sometimes, when we get too many people involved in a project, we invite conflict because the more people involved, the greater the likelihood of personality conflicts. That old adage about too many cooks in the kitchen make a poor meal is true. If everyone involved thinks they have a better way of doing something, chances are--nothing will get done effectively.
The key to accomplishing much with little is to allow each person’s gift to rise to the surface and work what they know to do. Not everyone has the same gifts and that’s for a purpose–that we all learn to use our gifts–collectively–to accomplish, not to control or override.
I’ve learned that I’d rather work with a small core group of people who are like-minded, goal-oriented, and mission-driven and can get the job done without drama–than to be involved with a group of people where everyone is vying for attention and recognition.
God has reserved a remnant–just a few–to do His Will and all He desires will be accomplished to His glory! And we have no need to fear what others might attempt to do because God has our back!