Wednesday, October 8, 2014

God can work with just a little. Thank you for the reminder, Reagan.

Luke 21:1-3King James Version (KJV)

21 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

Luke 9:12-17King James Version (KJV)

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.
13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.
Yesterday, I heard an amazing thing and God used it to reteach me something I knew years ago. 
I was listening to the radio station, K-LOVE. If you're not familiar with them, they are a Christian radio station based in California (I believe). They do not play commercials. Rather, they are 100% listener supported. They have 2 "sharathon's" a year to try and gain the support they need to carry on. If you can afford to give to support them, I highly recommend it.
Anyway, a 6 year old girl, named Reagan, kept bugging her mother. She wanted to give her entire savings in her piggy bank to help the radio station. Her mother kept telling her to keep it and she and her dad would help K-LOVE. Nevertheless, Reagan kept pushing. 
She finally convinced her mom. When they counted Reagan's piggy bank, she had $16.39. They called and pledged it all. When the station reported on it, it ignited a firestorm of pledges. Many folks called and pledged the same $16.39 (only per month) in honor of little Reagan. Others gave $163.90. Some gave $1, 639.00. One even made a matching challenge pledge of $16,390. It was amazing to listen to God working. 
And that's exactly what it was, God moving his sovereign hand to inspire his people- all through the unselfish gift of a 6 year old girl.
That's when the Lord reminded me of the widow's mite. In God's eyes she gave ALL- much more than the rich men had given to the temple treasury. 
And the five loaves and 2 fishes that were brought to the gathering, was used by Jesus to feed 5000 men PLUS women and children- and there were 12 baskets of leftovers!
You see, the enemy has a favorite trick. We see needs around us every day. Sometimes our hearts are stirred with compassion. But, the enemy shows us the enormity of their WHOLE need and whispers, "you can't afford to do all that, can you?" When we honestly answer, "No," he responds with, "Then why even bother? You can use that money for (x)."
Sadly, many times we submit to the devil's suggestion and the need goes unmet. 
What he doesn't tell us is that, if we give our little, God can use our little for much! He can inspire others through our selflessness and the person's whole need can be met. Not by us as individuals, but by the whole body of Christ. And we don't get the glory, God does. 
That's what we need to remember. We are a part of the whole. We are not the whole. If we each do our part, then God can accomplish what he needs to accomplish in the lives of people in need. 
James puts it this way:

James 2:14-17King James Version (KJV)

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
If we truly have the faith of God in our lives, then our hearts will be stirred with compassion for the needs around us. Then, our question becomes, "Lord, I don't have much, but how do you want me to use it?" If we all lived this way, the needs of the body of Christ, and the needs of many unbelievers, would be met. 
It's not the governments job to help those in need, it's the job of the church.
Remember, the words of the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:35
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

So, thank you Jesus, and thank you, Reagan, for the reminder!