‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” – Haggai 2:9 (Read 3-9).
He [Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” – Matthew 13:31-32.
Great Events From Small Beginnings
Proofreading W. E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words gave F. F. Bruce a profound appreciation of the New Testament text. This single encounter motivated him to a deeper study into the origins of the New Testament, a field in which he became a scholar nonpareil. As an atheist, studying under an atheist, C. S. Lewis bought and read George MacDonald’s book Phantastes. He hadn’t the slightest notion at the time that this single reading would begin his conversion to Christ.
In 1918, Cameron Townsend sold Spanish Bibles in Guatemala. One man, who did not read Spanish, asked him, “If your God is so great, why can’t he speak my language?” From that single question evolved the Wycliffe Bible Translators, a mission organization that to this day continues Townsend’s work of translating the Bible into every language possible.
While living in immorality, drunkenness, and deception, George Müller and a friend attended an evening service in a layman’s home. The group sang, prayed, and read Scripture and a sermon. Insignificant as all this was, it marked the beginning of Müller’s new life in Christ and of his orphanage work in Bristol, England to thousands of homeless children.
We should never underestimate small beginnings—we never know when they will grow large. Jesus was born in a stable, unheralded and unrecognized. The morning after, life resumed in Bethlehem as if nothing different had happened. And only one thing had: a baby had been born and in the least auspicious place. But oh the beginning-without-end that occurred in that single birth!