Regardless of who you are and where this finds you today, if you are faithfully serving Jesus, you can be sure that God takes your “little” and makes it a lot!
The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.
The Master’s math is a source of great encouragement for every child of God. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what level of education you have, or the resources you have at hand; God makes it clear that the least of His servants can do great things. Why? Because it is God who always supplies the increase.
Make no mistake, we water and we plant, but it is always God who supplies the increase. The “prince of preachers,” Charles Spurgeon, put it this way:
Works for the Lord often begin on a small scale, and they are none the worse for this. Feebleness educates faith, brings God near, and wins glory for His name. Prize promises of increase! The Mustard seed is the smallest among seeds, yet it becomes a tree-like plant with branches that lodge the birds of heaven. We may begin with one, and that “a little one,” and yet it will “become a thousand.” The Lord is great at the multiplication table. How often did He say to His lone servant, “I will multiply you!” Trust in the Lord, you ones and twos; for He will be in the midst of you if you are gathered in His name.
Think back over your own personal experience. Has not the Lord multiplied mercies in your life in spite of what you expected because of the little you had to offer? You see, when we are working for the Lord, in His strength and in His time, we are guaranteed a good harvest . . . even when we are the “least” and the “smallest.”
Every great saint has this truth as their personal testimony. In our weakness we are strengthened by our Lord. Every area of lack becomes an area of abundance in the hand of the Almighty. In fact, you cannot serve your God in your strength, because then it is not service to your God; it is service to yourself. God will never accept that kind of service!
There was a time in my life when I believed in “personal power” and would frequently utter the phrase, “If it is to be, it’s up to me!” Today I know better. The truth is, “If it is to be, it’s up to God!” With that foundational truth firmly planted in our minds, we are free to venture out into the deep waters that we may have avoided before; we can confidently let our nets down for a catch, trusting in God to supply the increase.
Remember, God chose the foolish to shame the wise; He chose the weak to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). What has God chosen for you to do for His glory today—professionally . . . personally . . . relationally?
If you go in your strength—with your plans and your resources—regardless of the outcome, you will be left weary, weak, and wanting. Only those who go in the strength of the Almighty, even those who are the least and the smallest, will reach a place where these words ring true: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!