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How God Does So Much With So Surprisingly Little?

We often find ourselves overburdened with the weight of life’s demands, and it can be easy to feel that our efforts are insufficient. If we compare to the grandeur of the world and the great achievements of others, we may feel dwarfed by our seeming inconsequence.

Yet in these moments of doubt, I am reminded of a timeless truth: God excels in the small things. The mightiest of storms begin with a single raindrop. Vast forests spring forth from a tiny seed. God, in His infinite wisdom, demonstrates time and time again that even the smallest acts, the quietest whispers of faith, are amplified in His loving embrace.

The Mustard Seed: A Small But Powerful Analogy

On this topic, the parable of the mustard seed comes to mind. This parable is one of my favorites because it so aptly conveys the message about the Kingdom of Heaven starting from the smallest beginnings and then growing into something vast and influential.

In the parable, Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed. Even though the mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds, when it is planted, it grows and becomes a large tree. This tree is so large that birds come and make nests in its branches.

The message here is that the beginnings of God’s achievements can be small and seemingly insignificant. Yet with time and nourishment, it grows into something great and far-reaching. This parable encourages faith and persistence, reminding believers that even small acts or beliefs can lead to great outcomes in God’s plan.

The mustard seed is also mentioned again in the bible in the Book of Matthew, where Jesus declared:

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

– Matthew 17:20

What Christ is trying to tell us is that we do not need to be perfect or have huge amounts of faith within us, for even a tiny sliver of faith is enough to produce miracles beyond our comprehension. Not only does this scripture speak of the power of faith, but also of how God perceives and amplifies our tiny gestures. It is His reassurance to us that even in our weakest moments when our faith feels almost intangible, He knows that we still hold on to Him and our courage to try is enough.

The Five Loaves and Two Fish

Another testament to God’s magnanimity in leveraging the seemingly insufficient is the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. A young boy’s humble offering – five loaves and two fish – was used by Jesus to feed thousands.

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”

– Luke 9:16-17

What might seem negligible in human eyes becomes a testament to God’s providence and love for humanity. A reminder that God sees not the size but the intent, the heart from which our offerings emerge.

A Small Sacrifice

In the Gospel of Mark, we find another fitting example of Christ exalting a seemingly small an insignificant deed. Within the temple of God were numerous wealthy people who were dropping off large sums into the treasury. But a poor widow came along and contributed two small coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

Many might jump to the conclusion that the widow’s contributions could not compare to the offerings of the wealthy, but Jesus quickly taught offered His teachings.

“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.”

– Mark 12:43-44

She gave out of her poverty – and that was what truly mattered. You see in eyes of God, earthly riches and offerings mean little for they have no worth to Him. The widow’s offering though small, was recognized by Jesus because her gift was monumental. Why? Because she gave out of her lack, trusting wholly in God’s provision. Her tiny act was in fact, a grand gesture of trust and sacrifice.

Christ was teaching us that it’ is not the size of our offering, but the size of our trust in God that truly matters. The same thing applies to our contributions. You should never look down on your contributions to God’s kingdom no matter how small you think they may be. For a tiny ripple can create a large wave of consequences for others. As long as you actively do your part to make a difference, God shall be satisfied.

Embracing the Little in Our Lives

  • Moments of Gratitude: Every whisper of thanks, every silent prayer, is a seed of faith, planted deep within the heart. These are our mustard seeds.
  • Small Acts of Kindness: A smile, a gentle word, a helping hand—though they might seem inconsequential, they are the tiny fish and loaves in the hands of God, ready to be magnified.
  • Tiny Sacrifices: Just as the widow gave her all, our minor sacrifices, born out of love and trust, become grand gestures in the eyes of the Lord.

In our walk with God, we need not always look for the grand or the extravagant. In His eyes, the little we offer with a genuine heart is more than enough. In our moments of doubt and despair, let us remember that the faith the size of a mustard seed is all that we need to open the door to His great miracles.

God does so much with so astonishingly little. We only need to trust, to offer, and to believe.

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