“And [H]e saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.” (Luke 21:1-3)
In verse 1 the Lord takes notice of the rich men casting their financial gifts into the treasury. Verse 2 tells us of a poor woman casting in two mites into the treasury. Christ takes this opportunity to teach upon sacrifice. He states in verse 3, “… of a truth, I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all…”
Being aware of the fact that “God Knows” is to the believer what the epidural is to a pregnant woman. If the believer knows, by faith…proven faith, that God knows what is transpiring in the believer’s life the believer can rest assured that “All things will work together for my good.”
Another truth that provokes us to do well and to do good works is “God sees.” God sees the little things or what we might consider little things. But if we are to believe the hymn, “Nothing is small if God is in it” then we know that anything done for God is known/seen by God and God is a rewarder of them that seek Him. At the very core of the Christ-ian and his good works is a believer seeking to please God and seeking God, Himself.
Brother Lawrence (author of “Practicing the Presence of God”) said he would not pick up a stick lest it be to God’s glory. See? Nothing is small when God is in it or when it is done for God’s glory and pleasure.
If one surveys the Word of God or our Christ-ian history one will find saints doing great things for God.
- Abraham offering up his most beloved son Isaac to God per God’s instruction.
- Moses leading God’s people to the promised land.
- Jephthah’s vow and sacrifice
- David’s slaying of the giant Goliath.
- The disciples leaving everything to follow Christ.
- Stephen’s martyrdom
- Paul witnessing to Christ’s resurrection before kings.
- St. Francis takes an oath of poverty
- Luther, Calvin and the reformation
- Athanasius defending the deity of the Lord Jesus.
We could go on and on. Hebrews chapter 11 is all about great things done for God because of faith. While most of us may never accomplish anything like the above list we can still serve God and God still sees and God still knows. In fact, we can do similar exploits in the spiritual.
- God may not ask us to sacrifice our child(ren) to Him but we can certainly dedicate our children to Him. We can ask God to use them to His glory. When doing so ask Him for the grace to get out of the way.
- We may not be a leader of millions but we can be an example of the believer. It has been said that we all are leaders in some way, shape, or form. If this is true and it probably is let us lead as God would have us lead.
- Hopefully none of us, in the heat of the moment, would make a vow to God like the God-honoured man, Jephthah did. But we can and must love God above all others and we can keep our word to God and others.
- We may not slay a real giant but we can, with the Spirit, in the Spirit, and by the Spirit mortify the flesh, the old man, and our sins.
- He may not call us to leave all but we can hold everything very loosely.
- We may or may not die for our Lord but we can die daily to self so that Christ might live in us.
- We may not speak to royalty on a regular basis but we can speak to people about Christ and if they fall in love with Him they shall become royalty.
- We may not take a vow of poverty but we can live our life knowing that, in truth, we have nothing because all belongs to God.
- We may or may not reform the church but we can make changes where we can for the sake of Truth.
- We may not be exiled for our beliefs as Athanasius was more than once but we can stand up… stand up for our Lord Jesus and His Kingdom.
Little is much when God is in it; God knows and God sees.
“Everything is little when compared to God but anything done for God is big.”