Why is it that people act as if anything small is insignificant? In our culture we tend to believe that bigger equals better in everything but waistlines, but I’m here to tell you that small things are significant too. This is not an indictment on large things, but we need to understand the power of one single voice of wisdom, one single act of kindness, or one single gift of service.
Perhaps you, like me, thought that your little bit didn’t make much difference, but God has entrusted you (YES YOU) with part of his plan. If you gave up and threw in the proverbial towel, because you thought you were insignificant, the outcome may have a bigger affect than you think.
Consider these 5 “insignificant” people in the Bible:
1. Naaman’s Servant Girl (2 Kings 5)
Her master was sick and she mentioned that he should go and visit the man of God in her native land Israel. If she had never mentioned Elisha, the mighty man Naaman would have never been healed.
2. The people with 2 fish and 5 loaves. (Matthew 14:13, Mark 6:38, Luke 9:16, John 6:1)
The scripture doesn’t specify who gave the food to Jesus, but scholars say that this was enough food for a young person’s lunch. Whoever gave up their food, whether it be one or five, trusted Jesus with their little bit, and watched the multitude get full.
3. Obed Edom (2 Samuel 6:11)
After receiving it back , David mishandled the ark of the covenant (or the presence of God), and a man died. Fear spread through the whole nation while they tried to figure out how to properly handle the ark. One man, Obed, was willing to keep it at his house, and not only did it bless him, but eventually the entire nation.
4. The Shunamite woman (2 Kings 4:8)
In the middle of a drought and famine, Elijah shows up and asks this woman for some of water. Her willingness to share something precious with the man of God, fed him, her and her son through out the rest of the famine.
5. Ananias of Damascus (Act 9:10)
Saul (later becoming the Apostle Paul) was the chief persecutor of the saints. After his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul was struck blind. God speaks to Ananias and instructs him to go and meet the persecutor and pray for him. Initially, Ananias was reluctant because of fear; but because of his eventual obedience the Gentile world has been able to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
All of these people, like you, could have easily allowed their small, seemingly insignificant contribution to go undone. In God’s economy, you, your gift, and you obedience is far more valuable than you may ever know. So you can’t stop helping. You can’t stop encouraging. You can’t stop giving. You can’t stop singing. You can’t stop preaching. You can’t stop teaching. You can’t stop being a light. You can’t stop, because so many people are depending on you to do your part. So don’t “lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people …” (Galatians 6:9-10a). YOU CAN’T STOP!
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“Can’t Stop”, written and produce by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Performed by After 7, released 1990.