When healthy, the body of Christ doesn't have to be in the majority, but it must make its presence felt in the world.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. "
I wonder whether we comprehend the enormousness of what Jesus is saying here? After all, what he is saying is this:
"You disciples, standing here before me, you inconspicuous, insignificant people, you miserable little crowd (far more miserable than you realize yourselves, for I alone can see what you will do, how you will falter and fail in your little corner, how you will fall asleep ...1