In the world, numbers matter. People tend to evaluate things by counting numbers and hit charts. They assess the degree of success by counting the views or the number of products they could sell. Even christians tend to evaluate the churches or the ministries by counting the number of the attenders.
The Bible, however, tells us something completely different. The inspired words of God show us that there is a paradoxical principle in the biblical world. We see that He has been choosing “unproductive” way to cultivate His new spiritual roads. After all, was it rather “unproductive” in today’s sense that God chose just one man (Abraham) in order to create the new nation? Was it rather “unwise” that Jesus was not travelling widely during his earthly ministry? He could have used marvelous “marketing methods” in order to gain mass support and to propagate his ministry. But He did not choose such a way. He followed heavenly way instead.
Are you a headcovering sister? So, most probably you are in the overwhelming minority in your church (or society) right now. And I want to encourage you today that it is such a blessing that you are placed in an obscure corner! The paradoxical biblical principle is working in this realm as well.
Are you a headcovering sister? So you are a pioneer who is cultivating the new way. But you might tell me, “well, I don’t think I am a pioneer. The reality is that I am so afraid that I don’t even have a courage to explain my belief on headcovering to others.”
No, my dear sister, regardless of your saying/not saying, you are a pioneer and you are playing an extremely important role in His divine history. Just like Abel, who still speaks by faith (Heb 11:4), your faith in action is speaking nonverbal messages to the visible and invisible world. And you don’t need to condemn yourself and say something like “Oh, maybe because of my weak faith, other sisters in my church don’t follow my example.” Caleb was a great man of God but few people followed his example. So,again,the number is not His spiritual indicator and we should break off the pragmatic mindset completely.
There are additional blessings to be in the spiritual minority. One of them, I found, is that our lone stance furthers detachment from the world, which is in fact the blessed gateway to go to heavenly way. My friend Sanae said she saw many pious saints among headcovering sisters. Why? “That’s because most of them have sacrificed greatly in order to practice headcovering command. If they were not serious about the Bible truth, they did not have reached this point”, she says. And I heartily agree with her.
When Roger Williams (1603-1683) was wandering in the forest as a lone exile, could he imagine that he was actually pioneering the new road which would have lasting influence? He was an obscure religious minority at that time. But he stood. “,,for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.” (Heb 11:27 b) And so are we. We don’t see the numbers nor the outward situations. Ladies, let us keep looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith!
“We have to stop wanting to see results, particularly in our service for the Lord. God works primarily in the invisible realm.” B.Shlink