It’s dry. Our region of the Country’s suffering under severe drought conditions. In fact, in my forty plus years I’ve never seen the earth so parched. Our local meteorologist reported that our current weather pattern threatens to break records for lack of rainfall established in the 1930′s. Yesterday I observed the extent of the dry conditions when I witnessed a scrawny squirrel skittering across the yard kicking up a trail of dust…This one little squirrel created a miniature dust storm in its wake…One little creature, causing a stir…One can make a difference.
Several accounts in the Bible share stories about those deemed inconsequential accomplishing something surprisingly significant. Consider a six hundred year old man building an ark, or the shepherd boy David fighting the giant Goliath. Think about a ragtag group of 12 turning the world upside down for Jesus. Or contemplate the offering of a young boy…
The Bible records the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 in all four gospels. The Son of God utilized the meal of a boy in the crowd. Before Jesus asked the blessing on the youngster’s paltry lunch, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother spoke up,
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8-9)
Throughout Scripture we note the insignificant transforming into the significant in the hands of God…And that’s the key. Being an instrument in God’s hand.
Ofttimes our human nature cowers when God extends an opportunity to serve Him. Excuses rattle quickly off the tongue, when in reality the only concern stems from a sense of inadequacy. As a minister, I occasionally hear people say, “I think God wants me to……but I don’t feel qualified. And that’s the type of person God readily uses. The Bible states,
“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.” (I Corinthians 1:26-29)
Whether it be serving in the church nursery, teaching a Sunday School class, witnessing to a co-worker or aiding a godly candidate in this election cycle, one can make a difference….provided you respond faithfully to the call God issues.
Remember, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
“Therefore as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:31)