Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 26, 2010
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:3-4
Jesus exhorted His disciples about the potential of little faith, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20b).
You may be the only person at your workplace, or within your extended family, that will take a stand for Christian values. It’s tempting to ease into status quo and blend in with complacent culture. However, with humility and love, one can stay the course of unselfish service and see Christ at work. Exception become exceptional with eternal favor and persistence.
“One of them [a leper], when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:15-16).
Do the right thing, even if the majority does not take the Lord’s expectations seriously. Your quiet service does not go unnoticed by Jesus. So, keep thanking God when others take Him for granted, and persevere in your prayer closet when it seems like prayer-less people are progressing. Finally, remember to remain faithful in gift giving, especially when money is tight and uncertain.
Little is much when you lay it at the altar of obedience and the fire of the Holy Spirit ignites it for God’s glory. So lay your gifts, talents and faith before the Lord and watch Him forge you into a faithful disciple of Jesus. Lay your plan before Almighty God and trust Him to lead you through the prayerful process of implementation and adjustment. A little faith and obedience can go a long way in God’s game plan.
Joshua brought his army to Jericho expecting a brutal battle, but the Lord simply had him march around the wall and worship! “When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20).
So, ask yourself “Have I laid my little faith before the Lord for Him to multiply it for His glory?”
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