God notices the small
And hears their cries.
He values every one;
By them resides.
He takes each offering
Do you ever feel like your efforts for God go unnoticed? Do you sometimes long for a wider realm of influence for your messages?
In our age of self-preoccupation, it is difficult to stay satisfied with pleasing Christ alone, and all too easy to get caught up in the trap of craving affirmation from others.
Desiring multiple likes,
Wanting more feedback,
Obsessing over selfies,
Longing for massive followers.
As ambassadors for Christ, we may even conclude that success means reaching the masses. After all, does not the great commission instruct us to do just that? To go into all the world and preach the gospel? It would almost seem like God wants each of His followers to pursue a global audience.
But we are not all gifted to reach large numbers with the good news about Christ. The Billy Grahams of this world are unique. God knows who can handle notoriety without succumbing to the temptations popularity affords. He recognizes that very few of us would stay humble.
One of our biggest errors, though, is to dismiss the importance to God of the one. He loves the world, and it is a world made up of individuals. People like you and me.
God loves the one
Christ left the ninety-nine to search for the one lost sheep. He met with one woman by the well. He called every disciple, one at a time. God sent His One and only Son to save mankind. He would have done it to save a single one.
Since God values every person, we should not feel slighted when our influence is small. And if our focus is on pleasing the One who really matters most, we will never be dissatisfied with reaching just one, even if nobody else notices.
God takes each offering and multiplies
What will be amazing is when we get to heaven and God reveals the full impact our lives had on others. He will show us how the simple offerings we gave multiplied. We will find out that the things we thought did not matter were actually huge, when viewed from eternity.
Until then, we must take our eyes and emotions off reaching the masses. Instead, we need to focus on Jesus and serve obediently, even if our offering seems way too small.
God values us, each and every one. No matter the offering, He blesses and multiplies.
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,”
2 Corinthians 9:10