Friday, August 1, 2008

small beginnings and the hui of the lord

In Tuesday's post about the Hui (pronounced way, Chinese Muslims) I mentioned that it took 10 years for the first 50 Hui to be saved. Then it took another five years to go from 50 to 200 Hui believers, a growth rate of almost 32%. At that rate it will take just another 39 1/2 years for all 50 million Hui to come to Christ.

If it took five years to go from 50 to 200, how many of the Hui will be saved during the last five years of the 39 1/2 years? 37.5 million. Only 12.5 million will be saved in the first 34 1/2 years. Three out of four Hui would come to know Christ after, in the last five of nearly 40 years of work.

How long will it take for half of the Hui (25 million) to come to Christ at this rate? 37 years and three months. That means the last 25 million, the last half, will be in the last 2 years and 3 months.

This is the miracle of compound interest or geometric growth. It doesn't seem much is happening but little by little it grows until at the end it seems to explode. It goes slowly for thirty-four years, the vast majority of Hui are unsaved, less than one in four know Christ. After three dozen years not even half are saved.

Then BAM!

The growth rate isn't any different than when going from 50 to 200. The effectiveness is the same. However, if it were not for the diligence of those leading the Hui to the Lord when the numbers of new believers is small, the growth would be stopped in its tracks. There would never be the explosion decades later. It is getting started, getting the ball rolling, that is the most important. Without the hard work when few results are seen in actual numbers, the base for future growth never gets established.

Maybe this helps explain the following verse:

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin....
~ Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

1 comment:

RB said...

did anyone catch the pun in the title?