The Insignificant Things

The Insignificant Things

Jesus was constantly sought by the multitudes, yet when they interrupted Him, He took care of them, even if it meant a considerable cost to Himself.  He was the perfect example to us of unselfishness.

There were times when the disciples wanted Jesus to send away the crowds so that they could have some ‘down time.’  (Mt. 14:15-21) In Jn. 6:5, we see where Jesus asked the disciples where they could get food to feed the crowds.  In verse 9, Andrew mentions the young boy who had five loaves and two small fish (this was the typical bread of the very poor who lived back then).  Andrew then mentions the word ‘BUT.’  “But how far will they go among so many?”  (NIV)

The disciples were focusing on the multitudes rather than the Master of the multitudes.  They were overwhelmed, yet a poor, young boy decided to give the very little, insignificant meal that he had, even if it meant more hunger for himself.  There is a lesson to be learned here.  Jesus doesn’t ask us to give what we don’t have.  He only asks us to give that which we do have, however insignificant it may seem.

Sometimes we focus on conquering world hunger, which isn’t going to be cured by one person.  Because of the enormity of the task, we shrink back, often doing nothing.  Again, Jesus doesn’t call us to give that which we don’t have, but He does call us to give that which we do have.  I may not have thousands of dollars to give to a food relief organization, but for my neighbor who has lost his job, I can give them some groceries, or even make them some cookies.  When I do these things, it’s the same as doing them for Jesus.

Do you know of a family who is going through some tough times right now?  Could you give them some of the clothes which your children have outgrown?  When you give of those items, to clothe someone else’s children, it’s as if you were clothing the Master.  You may be thinking that it would be better to save the items for a garage sale so that you can make some money from them.  If you give them to someone else, with the right attitude, the return which you will get from God will outshine any amount that you’d make at a garage sale!

One thing many of us can do is volunteer some of our time to help make some food baskets for those less fortunate than us.  All it requires is a little bit of our time.  You see, Jesus isn’t asking you to make their mortgage payment or to pay their utility bills.  He is only asking you to do what you can do.  For some of us, it may simply be donating our time, rather than our resources.

What seemingly insignificant things do you have that could make a big difference in the life of someone else?
© 2004, Stacy R. Miller


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