Small beginning, great ending

Job 8:7: And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.

There are endless possibilities when we walk with God. There is always something to reach out for, in experience, in service, in knowledge, in the level of divine life flowing through us. David started small, in the backwoods of the desert, tending to a few sheep, but he ended up being the king of Israel (1Samuel 17:28). There were ups and downs along the way, but he stuck with God and God with him. He embraced the call to follow God and that was the key to his greatness.

Jesus showed Peter a similar key to greatness, after having an obscure beginning. Jesus told him: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men. He obeyed and the rest, as they say, is history. His life was about natural fish, but at the end of his life he became a formidable fisher of men, with thousands of souls in the kingdom of God directed linked to his effort. His greatness was directly related to his kingdom effort. God is in the business of turning small beginning to big ending. So that he alone will be praised, he converts your unsavoury beginning to a sumptuous ending.

Jesus himself had a small beginning. Born in a manger and raised by a carpenter and his wife, living the life of a labourer, but by harkening to the voice of God, he rose up to be the greatest man that ever lived, as our example. The extent of his greatness is unquantifiable.

Don’t be deceived, not everyone will be great by the standard of this world, but by choosing Jesus as your Lord and saviour, your eternal ending will have been decidedly greater than your beginning. Your small beginning was as a candidate of hell, born in sin, enslaved in the kingdom of darkness, without hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:10-19). But at the end you have your portion in the grace of Jesus; and through the blood of Jesus you were made to draw near to receive the grace of God (Hebrews 4:14-16), as he receives you as his child. The bible says that those who have received Jesus have the power to become sons of God (John 1:11-14). That is the highest calling there is.

When the disciples came back from casting out devils and healing the sick, and they were head over hills in love with themselves because of what they have accomplished; Jesus told them that they should rather rejoice because their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:18-20). In the ultimate analysis of things that is all that matters. That is the guarantee of the ultimate big ending, having our name in the book of life, with the guarantee of eternal bliss. When Jesus was about to leave the earth, he said that he was going to prepare a place for us in his father’s house where there are many mansions (John 14:1-3).

In the story of Lazarus, he had a small beginning indeed, a poor life, a beggarly life, a life full pain and loneliness and rejection, but when he crossed over to the other side in death, it was discovered that Lazarus had a better ending, because he had embraced the word of God.

The bible says that the end of a thing is better (more significant) than the beginning. And the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the strong but time (life progression) and chance (opportunity) is experienced by all (Ecclesiastics 9:11). Life is a race. The beginning of a race is not as important as the end. The whole purpose of running is so that we can get to a good end, it is so that we can get the prize.

You can start disadvantaged like Mephibosheth but take heart because he ended as a man eating on the table of the king (2Samuel 9) and so would you. He was disadvantaged on many fronts. Not only was he lame, but he was also associated with the king’s sworn enemy as the grandson of Saul. Saul made the life of David hell on earth. Mephibosheth knew that based on that, he might not have a good end, especially if King David was vindictive. But Mephibosheth swarm in favour from the same David, becoming an associate of the king as a cripple and grandson of Saul.

Hannah had a small beginning. She was the first wife but when the second wife had many children, she was still called barren (1Samuel 1). That issue really took over her whole life and things got worse when they have to go to Shiloh. She was forced to stay in the same place with her rival (for an extended period of time), who did not pass up the opportunity to rub her situation in on her.

It was a longstanding problem which made Hannah sad, causing her to cry endlessly. But at the end she gave birth to a prophet and many others children. Her story was changed forever. She recognised the hand of the Lord in changing her situation, making her latter end greater that her beginning.

You may have a small beginning now, but the bible says something about your big ending. The earth is waiting for your coming out, your manifestation, as the son of God (Romans 8:19-22). With the acknowledging of every good thing in you in Christ Jesus, according to what Philemon was told by Paul, the communication of our faith will become more powerful (Philemon 1:6), and there will be the greater blossoming of the expression of your divine nature.

Elisabeth had a small beginning. Like Hannah, she was barren. With years of dedication and righteousness under her belt, God remembered her and (as part of his operation on the earth at that time) opened her womb. In the same way Sarah, when she was well past childbearing age gave birth to Isaac (meaning laughter), and she could not stop laughing.

A psalmist says: when the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion we were like them that dreamed and our mouth was filled with laughter (Psalm 126:1). They could never have predicted such a glorious end, from such a difficult beginning like captivity, that place of absolute helplessness. But the impossible because realised; and the extent of the latter blessing was not foreseeable.

Esther started as an obscure young girl but she ended up as a queen with numerous servants attending to her. Joseph started small, as a slave and later became a prisoner, in the low of the low level of existence, far away from his doting father, his familiar area. However because of his faithfulness, he will be the first person to tell you now that it is true that: “though my beginning was small, my latter end increased greatly” as he because ruler in the land of Egypt, the same land where he was a foreigner, slave and prisoner. In the place of shame he had double honour (Isaiah 61:7); so will your case be.

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