June 22, 2017
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand. Zechariah 4:10
In 1967, Bob and Karen Schmidgall, along with 8 other people, moved from Missouri to Naperville, Illinois, with the dream of pioneering a church. Having recently graduated, this team was excited and ready to see God move. They purchased a building, and shortly after, had their first church service. It wasn’t heavily attended. In fact, alongside the ten planters, three additional people from the community showed up. This was a very small beginning.
Over the years, more people would show up to the church. Thirteen years into their journey, they had outgrown the little church. The search for a bigger building hinted that God was up to something. The move of God brought such growth that more space was needed. Lives were being changed, people were being saved, and God was building his church.
Over the next five decades, with countless prayer services, healings, concerts and salvations, God had taken a church what started with ten pioneers and three attenders to more than 7,000 people in attendance on a weekend across three campuses. What started out as small is known today as Calvary Church of Naperville.
It is always tempting to give up when results do not go the way we think they should. Zachariah illustrates God’s heart towards us when we obey his call and vision. Do not despise a small beginning! It may be a challenge, but it comes from God. What vision has God given you that hasn’t taken off the way you had hoped? Is there a ministry, job or relationship that seems so small right now that you want to give up on it? Don’t give up! Trust God! God rejoices in seeing action on your part. Trust in what God has called you to do and don’t despise small beginnings. You never know what God is up to.