Jesus certainly seemed to enjoy talking about the little things and showing us how a little faith can go a long way.
What comes to mind is to feed the five thousand. A little bread and a few small fish worked wonders and went a long way in Jesus’ hands, with plenty of leftovers flowing onto the baskets.
Before this miracle, Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have?”
I remember Moses and God asking, “what’s in your hand?”
To Moses it was a simple staff that would horrify Pharaoh and be lifted up at the Red Sea. I have in mind Charlton Heston, in the film “The Ten Commandments”, his white beard and his fluttering red coat, his arms outstretched, and the simple stick in his hand as lightning flashes in the background, he does not miss more than a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Moses experienced greater horsepower.
The fact is, what do we have in our hands?
It may seem insignificant, but the Lord can take it and use it to make a difference in this world. Jesus spoke of a mustard seed, a small seed that would grow to house many animals; he praised the widow who brought the smallest offering, two pennies, to the temple; Jesus saw the offering as the deepest gift, one small, generous, sacrificial and from the heart.
We could say, all I have is a stick, a piece of bread, a fish, a small coin and a small seed, but if we entrust these resources to God, He can do incredible wonders.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that began as a mustard seed dream planted in the mind of Millard Fuller.
The concept of Habitat was simple; houses would be built in collaboration with the poor through donated labor with interest-free loans. It would be achieved through the work of unknown Christians and small churches.
People believed that Fuller was a dreamer, a madman who traveled across the country in his car with printed leaflets and a dream in his heart. People wondered what change that would bring, a drop in a vast lake of homelessness.
Today, Habitat for Humanity is present in thousands of locations in more than 100 countries around the world. More than 600,000 families live in homes built by Habitat.
What seemingly insignificant thing do you hold in your hand and heart?
I’m sure the mom who sent her son off with her simple bread and fish lunch for her son had no idea what a difference it would make.
“It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is taller than all the plants in the garden and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come to nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:32
Phil Collins is a pastor at Willow Park Church in Kelowna.