The following words were written long ago by the English pastor J.C. Ryle. His books are well worth buying (Holiness; Practical Religion; Commentaries on the Gospels and more). You can access many of his writings online for free.
So, does Christ’s church consist of BIG things? BIG numbers? BIG buildings? BIG names? It would seem that many in our day would answer “most definitely! If you are small then you are doing something wrong.” Is that what God’s Word says? Of course not. Hear it from the Lord Jesus Himself-
Luk 12:32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Let us mark, firstly, what a gracious word of consolation this passage contains for all true believers. The Lord Jesus well knew the hearts of His disciples. He knew how ready they were to be filled with fears of every description: fears because of the fewness of their number, fears because of the multitude of their enemies, fears because of the many difficulties in their way, fears because of their sense of weakness and unworthiness. He answers these many fears with a single golden sentence: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
Believers are a little flock. They always have been, ever since the world began. Professing Christians have sometimes been very many. Baptized people at the present day are a great company. But true Christians are very few. It is foolish to be surprised at this. It is vain to expect it will be otherwise until the Lord comes again. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:14).
All true believers have a glorious kingdom awaiting them! Here upon earth they are often mocked, and ridiculed, and persecuted, and, like their Master, despised and rejected by men. But the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory (Romans 8:18; Colossians 3:4). Believers are tenderly loved by God the Father. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give them the kingdom. He does not receive them grudgingly, unwillingly, or coldly. He rejoices over them as members of His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. He regards them as His dear children in Christ. He sees no spot in them. Even now, when He looks down on them from heaven in the midst of their infirmities, He is well pleased. And hereafter, when presented before His glory, He will welcome them with exceeding joy (Jude v. 24).
Are we members of Christ’s little flock? Then surely we ought not to be afraid. Precious and magnificent promises are given to us (2 Peter 1:4). God is ours, and Christ is ours. Greater are those that are for us than all that are against us. The world, the flesh, and the devil are mighty enemies. But with Christ on our side, we have no cause to fear.