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Reinforces Jesus Teaching 21

One Lost Sheep

David, Sheep, and a LambThe most damning rebuttal of the "Small is Beautiful" concept comes in our Lord's own parables. The shepherd in Luke 15.4, like David, leaves the ninety-nine and looks for the one lost sheep. It reads, "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?" Similarly, the woman in Luke 15.8 who loses one of her ten coins seeks diligently until she finds it because it is precious to her, even part of her wedding headdress. The scripture reads, "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?" The "silver coins" mentioned are "drachmas" in Greek and were each worth a day's wages! The "Small is Beautiful" approach probably would have written off the loss!✞

Glorified Littleness

The parable of the stewards in Matthew 5.14 where Jesus says, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden," further reinforces Jesus' teaching that growth is an important element in God's work. In this parable, the master leaves his stewards in charge of his wealth and then when he returns expects growth in his profit. Those who doubled their accounts of five thousand and two thousand silver coins are congratulated on this growth as good and faithful servants, whereas the person who merely hid his portion in the ground is condemned. Note that the one who increases is called "the faithful steward." Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4.1, "You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths. The one thing required of such a servant is that he is faithful to his master."

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