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Few but Willing

Numbers mean nothing when the heart is not willing. What pride could we have with huge number of people when the majority of them are not willing to do the job? What greatness could we have with a huge crowd of believers if there is just a handful who are willing to serve? What use is an army of thousands when their heart cower in fear? I would rather serve and work with a willing few than be in the company of an unwilling crowd.

In any task, work becomes easier and faster when more heads and more hands are involved. But, it becomes easier, faster, more meaningful, and more collaborative when every one works with willingness. The ones who are unwilling to do the task or unwilling to be involved could be forced to do the job because of responsibility and expectation. But, how aweful the working environment becomes when these kind of people persist to work even when their heart is not in the task. They often have something to complain about. They often find reasons to make excuses. Altercations could arise. Dissension can surface.

In our spiritual walk, a willing heart to obey God is important too. It does not matter much how many church services we have attended or how many books in the Bible we have read. It matters most that our heart has the willingness to obey God. The perfect example of a willing heart to obey and serve is Jesus Christ. He willingly gave up His life for man’s sin in obedience to the Father. God, the Father, with a willing heart gave up His one and only Son because of His great love for us (John 3:16).

“Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.”

– John 10:17-18 (WEB)

God can use the willing few. This is greatly demonstrated through Gideon and his 300 men. How did God choose the 300 men with Gideon to fight for Israel against the Midianites?

The answers are in Judges 7.

  1. God chose the courageous and willing men (Judges 7:3). God instructed Gideon to command those who were “fearful and trembling” to return and depart. Then, only 10, 000 men remained with Gideon while the 22,000 men returned.
  2. God chose the prepared and watchful (Judges 7:4-8). Still God thought that 10,000 men were too many for battle. God wanted to make sure that Israel will not take the credit to themselves for winning but that they will know it is the LORD who fought for them and it is He who gave them victory. So, God instructed Gideon again to bring the 10, 000 men to the water and all those who drank water by lapping through their hand were separated from the men who bowed down on their knees to drink water. 300 men lapped water with their hands, and these were the chosen army of Gideon.

God’s will for choosing a few men for Gideon’s army was ultimately because He wanted Israel to realize that their deliverance was dependent on His might and not on their own strength or might. But, God did not just choose any few. God picked the “chosen few”. They were the men who were willing, courageous, and prepared to fight.

Never underestimate the few who are willing to serve God and who are courageous, prepared, and watchful in their obedience to God. They are the ones that God uses mightily to bring His will to completion.

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit.”

– Psalms 51:12 (WEB)

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

4 thoughts on “Few but Willing

  1. Wow bien bale gale el story about the 300 army. The reasons behind 300 ylng cla, chosen gale cla, bien bale! Indeed I really agree with you mam deb akel ba i would rather with willing few than unwilling crowd. For many years na ta ase yo major works na skul requiring many heads and hands to complete the work, tan choose lng yo kwanto bilog, those who are very willing to work under pressure, nuay dabog and nuay reklamo. Nice el illustration, indeed mas kere el Senyor kunel mga very willing man obey konele. I read before na mas kere el Senyor obedience than sacrifice and forever gad kel nkatatak myo heart most specially in serving Him. Hnd yo ta porsa myo self man serve for the sake lng kay dol sacrificial kay sabe yo hnd pleasing konel Senyor el bitter heart. Hnd gad yo tan agree konel idea na nesesita gad anda na church every sunday maskin pa na mga times bien lisud and nuay gad tu gana anda. Haha korek ba gaha yo mam deb? Mas ta pone yo premium na authentic worship akel ba c ta liga el tiempo nuay yo gana anda na church, na haus lng yo kere man stay and man online worship ylng. Hehe Basta pra kmgo, importante gad el worship (sunday worship) dapat man offer kita diatun best self konele (very willing heart).
    Thank for today mam Deb..I love you.😘😘😘

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    1. Para comigo maam tan honor si Lord di aton faith. Basta tn glorify tu knele, He is pleased with that. Chnebes kita mga hente chne kita own “faith”, akel ba own d aton level where God leads us na sometimes we constrict others in that level where we are.
      Si Paul na New Testament, el concern there is on eating food and on observing days. So, tan. Connect io se pirmi verse na mga ansina.
      Nomas kita pensa na el kien ta anda na church mas bueno, kay possible maskn na church the worship is not true or genuine and possible too akel na casa, the worship is authentic.
      Este el verse maam.
      4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
      5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
      6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
      7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. – Romans 14:4-7

      18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
      19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. – Romans 14:18-19

      El pt. na verse 13, otro otro man di aton convictions, let us not put a stumbling block na d aton brothers. If di aton uban ta kre na hnde dpat kome, for the sake of unity and peace, numas ya lng ta kome.

      Tan apply tamn io se na otro matters. Tn share lng io what i believe. Pero to answer ur question. Ask tmn tu na pastor. Haha. Io ansina. 😀

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