Little Is Much When God Is In It

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.  He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.’ ”  Luke 21:1-3

Do you ever think that your contributions to God’s Kingdom have little or no impact?  Think again!  In this world, success is measured by profits, size, and other worldly measuring sticks.  But God sees the heart.  This widow would hardly be noticed by onlookers who watched people go in and out of the temple treasury.  But Jesus took special note of her and looked at her heart.  He commented that, proportionally, she actually gave more than the so-called rich cats. They gave from their abundance, but she from what she had to live on.  Evidently, she valued God’s work above her own life.

In Revelation 3:11, we learn the Church at Philadelphia had only “little strength.”  This may indicate that the church had only a small influence in that pagan city.  But they had kept His Word and thus received a commendation from Christ. The little boy had only five small barley loaves, how could that be possibly used to feed five thousand?  Yet Jesus took what he had and transformed it into multitudes of loaves.

The principle here is clear: Give to God what you have, however little it might appear.  Give Him that extra time, that extra effort, and that extra whatever.  He looks at the heart, and can make much of what you offer Him.  God may call you to speak up for Him when others outnumber you.  “What can I do when I’m such a lone voice in the crowd?” Actually God can do quite a bit with what we give Him.

This poor widow may not have had a huge impact in the eyes of most people, but she caught the eye of Jesus, and what more could she ask?  If you’re tempted to think your little effort is too puny to matter, remember God can transform it onto a sizeable harvest.  Listen to this verse:

“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).

No.  He won’t forget your contributions, however meager you may feel them to be.  Little children have often sung in Sunday School, “Little is much when God is in it.”  Let’s not forget the wisdom of these words.

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