Is Bigger Always Better?

The world appreciates might—“the bigger, the better.” Here, the world’s largest furniture store displays the world’s largest piece of furniture; and, it is impressive. Yet, one cannot use this piece of furniture; it is for show, merely representing similar, smaller pieces that can actually be used to store clothing.

On the other hand, the Bonsai tree is a miniature version of larger—sometimes impressively mighty—trees and shrubs. Even the world can appreciate how these Bonsai plants accurately mirror, on a much lesser scale, the might and strength of their counterparts.

In the Bible, smaller, weaker, less impressive things of the world are clearly valued:

While the world in general is impressed by strength and size; God often uses insignificant and weak vessels to carry out his plans. In this way, the Lord is glorified—He gets the credit because it is obvious that the wisdom and power comes from the Lord Himself, rather than from the agent He uses. Furthermore, when God employs the weak and foolish, others who are proud can be humbled, which makes them more suitable for God’s purposes.

Biblical examples of the principle found in 1 Corinthians 1:27 to follow…