God Loves to Use the Small Things
- Monday, November 01, 2010
I put a note on Facebook this week to say I'm working on a sermon on this theme, based on Zechariah 4:10, "Who has despised the day of small things?" I asked the question, "What small things have you seen God use? Think of things I may have overlooked."
The answers are still coming in. A song. A flower. A little boy's lunch. A baby in a manger. A teenage mother. A star. A cup of water. A couple of coins in the offering from a widow. Mustard seed.
In the last year or two, I've written on this website a sermon on two on this subject. Without an index here to locate the myriads of messages, the only way I know to locate them is by googling something like "McKeever/Day of Small Things." It should take you to the previous sermons on this blog.
That sermon--any sermon on the subject I would think--needs to point out that God loves to use:
- Small numbers. Jonathan told his armor-bearer (I Samuel 14:6) that it makes little difference to God whether He saves by the few or the many.
Good reminder. You and I know small churches that feel than can't do anything because their members are few in number. Not so.
- Small people. The Apostle Paul suggested in I Corinthians 1:26ff that the members of that church look around. They would see not many celebrities, not many people the world acclaims as great or mighty or rich or gifted. God chose to use the nobodies of the world.
- Small gifts.No one illustrates this better than the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus and ended up feeding five thousand (John 6:9) or the widow who dropped her two coins into the offering and went on her way (Mark 12:42). Neither had any way of knowing what this meant to the Lord or that we would still be talking about them 2,000 years later.
- Small moments.You prayed a prayer of commitment. You said "I do" at the altar. You decided to start reading your Bible. You went next door and invited your neighbor to church.
God loves to use small things. The thrust of what follows, however, is the implication of that for us. Mark it down in big letters and underscore it, the fact that God delights in using nothings and nobodies means a great deal to his children.
It means there is hope for all of us.
He can use even me.
If God can take a 16-year-old farm boy from the North Carolina dairy, one who had done nothing to that point to distinguish himself, and make a Billy Graham out of him, He can do something with you and me.
It means there is no hiding place for any of us.
I no longer have an excuse for not giving my life and my gifts (or talents or whatever) to Him.
I cannot hide behind the excuse that "Well, I am a nobody," "I don't have anything He would want," "I can't sing," "I can't preach," or "I can't go as a missionary."
You can do anything God wants you to. To bear this out in Scripture, He chose an 80-year-old shepherd and made him into a Moses. He picked out a timid teenager and made a Jeremiah.
It means we have great reason to share our faith.
The next world-changer may be the little dirty kid in the trailer park you bring to Sunday School. You cannot look at a child and see his future.
Anyone can look at an apple and count the seeds, but only God can look at a seed and count the apples.
We should quit trying to tell God why it's not a good idea to share our faith with this guy or that woman, why we're not qualified to obey Him, why we don't have enough resources, our faith is too small, our fears too many--and just go. No one but God knows what can come from our obedience.
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