The great God Almighty is pleased with the small church in a little family sitting room, as well as the big church in a large auditorium – if they gather in his name.
God is no more pleased when the church is meeting in a family sitting room than when they are meeting in a large auditorium.
The Lord is no more pleased when the church is meeting in a large auditorium than when they are meeting in a family sitting room or any little space elsewhere.
Our God is not displeased with the big church in a large auditorium, and He is not bothered that they are meeting in a family sitting room if that’s what they can have.
God does not rate it higher righteousness if a church is meeting in a large auditorium, just as he does not rate it higher righteousness if they are meeting in a family sitting room.
He is happy and rejoices over his people whether they are small or big, and he is there whether 2 or 3 of them are gathered or 50000 or 100000 of them are gathered in his name. He has no trouble with a big gathering, and he has no worries about a small gathering. He just commands his people to live for him and make disciples and do his will.
You can put it in several ways to make this same point. The point is this: it is not about size or place, my brothers and sisters. It is about Jesus and the glory of God and his purpose.
Some of us think that the One who spreads the universe like a tent has issues with big building or small building. Perish the thought; Jehovah the God of Israel has no such trouble.
So stop demonizing large church buildings and gatherings in favour of small buildings and gatherings. And stop trying to tell God’s happy people in large auditoriums to collapse it and start meeting in a sitting room.
Then if your church is meeting in a small space, don’t feel bad and get depressed about it. Stop giving yourself a heart attack that God knows nothing about. Just make sure that you can say like A. W. Tozer, “I want my little work to be solid gold the whole way through.” I hope you understand.
In one of the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation, Jesus told a great church apparently buzzing with activity that they had a reputation, a name for being alive, but were dead. I wonder how many churches he would say that about now.
Some big churches are small in the sight of God, and some small churches are big in his sight. And thank God, some big churches are also big in his sight and gladden him.
It depends on whether they are built on truth and how big and focal Jesus is to them and who is calling the shots, God or man. It depends on whether they are obeying his commands to live for him and walk in love and make disciples and do his will.
It is not about size or place.