Is bigger always better? There is a temptation in ministry to seek that which is bigger. There is pressure to have a bigger crowd in worship on Sunday mornings. There is pressure to have a bigger budget and to have bigger giving to reach that bigger budget. And a bigger budget will provide bigger ministries and the tools necessary for bigger ministries to happen. The point here is not to shame the desire for greater and more effective gospel ministries, but to remind ourselves that bigger is not always better. Bigger for you and me is not always what God has in mind.
When it comes to spiritual growth, many of us would prefer to remain in the bigger crowd. It feels safer in the crowd, and there is almost no accountability or commitment in the crowd. But notice that Jesus is a personal God who will call you out from the crowd. We see in Mark 2 that His call actually went beyond the crowd to a young man who had probably never been included in a worship-type crowd. "As he (Jesus) walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector's booth. 'Follow me,' Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him" (Mark 2:14).
Levi not only got up to see what Jesus was about, but he later opened his home for a smaller moment so that others could experience what Jesus is about. The religious leaders grumbled at what was happening inside Levi's home, but Jesus made it clear that He came to serve and save those "sinners," like us, who will turn to Him. And it was in that smaller moment that those sinners could get to know Jesus and turn to Him in their time of need.
Jesus often spoke to the crowds, and He wants our church to grow with more people. Healthy churches will grow that way, but when it comes to your personal, spiritual growth, bigger is not always better. Instead, seek greater growth by getting smaller with a group of fellow believers who will help you focus on Jesus. Find your group this Sunday!