Little is Much

Little is much when God is in it. This is a well-known saying thanks to the Gaither Vocal Band, the Statler Brothers and countless others, and there have been many sermons by the same title. While these exact words are not contained in a verse of scripture, the idea is certainly found throughout the Bible.

Moses was a shepherd with a staff when he stood before Pharaoh. David was a mere youth when he defeated the Philistine’s giant Goliath. A poor widow fed herself, her son and Elijah for many days with a handful of meal and a few drops of oil. Mary was a hardly more than a child when she was declared to be favored among women (and gave birth to the Son of God). Zacchaeus was a wee little man, the widow offered two small coins, the disciples were told not to turn away little children. Then of course there is Jesus himself.

Jesus, born to a unwed mother engaged to a Jewish carpenter, in a manger in the village of Bethlehem. His earthly ministry lasted only 3 1/2 years, mostly in Galilee and far away from the religious centers in Jerusalem. He had 12 faithful followers, one of them filled with the devil. The Christian church began in the homes of a few believers, and then in hiding to prevent arrest, torture and imprisonment. But like a small acorn that grows into a mighty oak, that movement spread across the continents and continued through the ages. While Jesus never said “Little is much when God is in it” he certainly did say that faith such as a grain of mustard seed was enough to move mountains. Many times throughout scripture God used the small, the weak and the broken to do his will. Moses had a staff, David had a sling and a stone, Peter had a fishing net. And each had great faith. Mountain moving, army defeating, nation raising, Gospel defending faith.

What do you have that God can use?


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