Praise the Lord I have my computer back. Our connection to the internet was so old that it quit. We were given a new modem but had to upgrade our computer tower to match so I was off-line for a week. Now young people wonder why we oldies have technophobia!
One of the interesting things I’ve noted over the years is how large projects often fail over simple choices by the “least” members of the group. Yes it is healthy to see oneself as the “least” but then go out yielding the little I have to see what God can do through a yielded “least” one like me and you. Instead we often give lip service to the concept our “leastness” in order to excuse not trying. “My part doesn’t count anyways, God will accomplish his will even if I don’t do my part” Being “least” is not a disqualifier for service but an absolute prerequisite. Not many mighty not many strong are chosen. For we have this treasure in vessels of clay that others might glory in the treasure and not in the vessel. Those who SEEM to be the least are MUCH MORE necessary than those who seem to be much.
Examples: Sitting in the back pews at church. “You don’t understand, I’m shy or depressed or have a bad bladder or children to watch or like watching the others or am saving the front for others. What would you think of this kind of behavior at a ball game or concert? You’d think the participants were not into what was happening and did not see it as important. It’s not just the attitudes which cause us to sit in the back but also the resistant independent attitudes of not responding when pastors ask us to move up and together. Recently my pastor asked people at a Wednesday meeting to move up and together and, as usual, no one moved! Contrary to my shy nature I stood up and said that it was my firm belief that this simple small choice is what is destroying the impact of the church in America. I was told to shut up and not be so radical. (Not by the pastor but by a deacon) I still think that I was right.
People are asked to go calling and one in ten shows up. We do better than the liberals at paying tithe but where they are at 2 % we might be at 10 percent. God gets a tithe of his tithe! We only smile at those we know and shake hands limply. We used to get up for Easter sunrise services and now we won’t even get up for Sunday school if it is at 9. We are too shy to pray out loud in Sunday school and won’t share what God has been doing in our lives.
It is the “little” foxes that spoil the vines, a “little” folding of the hands a little laying in bed that brings poverty, a “little” fly makes the ointment stink.
In addition to thinking that the loss of my “little” part will make no difference, we fear that if we step out we are little and will stand alone and be destroyed and make no difference. The whole world saw and admired the one man who stopped a row of Chinese tanks in Tiananmen square those many years ago. For God sought for one man to stand in the gap and the city was lost because he found none. Ezekiel 22:30
The good news if how God uses little old you and me if we will stand up. My daughter Cheri has 7 children and very limited time and finances and yet is one of the best known women in the creation movement doing the little she can from her home computer. Instead of saying
What can I do? Instead: What can I do?
Who am I that God should use me? Instead: Here am I send me!
What do I have to do God’s work with? Instead: What is in my hand? Let me cast it down take it up and let it be God’s. As with Moses and the rod of God.
Who have I to support my endeavors? Instead: Thank you for those You have put in my life now help me to reach out to and with them.