Tuesday, July 17, 2012

little is much

A couple of weeks ago, while I was on a road trip with a friend, the lyrics to one of the songs on the CD we were listening to struck me. They weren't anything I didn't already know. In fact, they really say something I've heard for most of my life.

The lyrics come from the song by Downhere called "Little is Much"

The lyrics are straightforward and simple, but also profound in what they say. They encourage those of who don't feel like they have much to offer that they just need to offer what they have.

I know there have been times in my life when I felt I had nothing to offer, only to be reminded that it's not how much we have to offer that's important - it's that we offer what we have that's important. God can take the little that we have when we freely offer it to Him and do many thing with it.

God isn't looking for people with lots of really great things they can do. He's looking for people who will faithfully offer what they have to Him to be used by Him. These are the people who have much in God's eyes.

What about you?
When you look at what you have, do you feel like you don't have much to offer?
Are you offering whatever you have?

In His teaching while He walked on earth, Jesus taught this same principle. In Mark 12:41-44, we find the story of a widow and her offering.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and wathced the crowd putting money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coincs, worth only a few cents.
Calling His disciple to Him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on." (NIV 2011)

This passage is usually and rightly often spoken of in terms of the giving of our money, but I think the principle from it can have application in the rest of our lives too. Just as the widow was praised for freely giving what she had, we are to give whatever we have willingly and freely.

What do you have?
What are you doing with what you have?

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