Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 3, 2013
The wee little people
The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, “the wee little man,” is one that I can’t really read without thinking of the Unity of the Brethren. Our church has such a rich history since its humble beginnings in what is now the Czech Republic more than 556 years ago. Our spiritual ancestors were the minority in a crowd that grew to reject them. The Moravian Church traces its roots back to a time in history when it was against the law to believe in a way that was different from the majority. It took faith like that of Zacchaeus for the early Brethren to step out of the crowd and stick to what they knew was right.
Sometimes in life, one of the scariest instances is when we find ourselves in front of a door. Do we walk past it, stand in front of it, or go through it? This is when faith like that of Zacchaeus and the early Moravian Brethren helps us. If we were to walk past the door, we would miss out on what God has in store for us. If we just stand in front of the door, we do the same thing. However, if we have faith and enter the door, we can take part in what God has there waiting for us on the other side.
We may feel as if we are small or “short in stature” in our faith, but remember it only takes a little faith to start something big. The faith of a few people in the 1400s led to the formation of a church that, though it may be small in numbers, worldwide has great faith.
Don’t let the crowds overcome you or the door stop you, when it comes to faith. Follow Jesus!
Jeff Jones, pastor, Bethabara Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina