10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NIV
It was a typical Sunday morning and a typical worship service for our small congregation. I don’t remember there being much response at the end of my message, at least initially, but when I made it home my 15-year old daughter, Micaiah, told me of her experience. At some point in the message I had made a comment about being faithful to missions and in helping the poor, and while I am passionate about that subject, on that day it was more of a passing comment than anything. Micaiah explained that when upon hearing my comments she began to ask the Lord as to how she could be involved in missions since she is only 15 and wouldn’t be allowed to be a missionary yet. As she continued to pray it dawned on her that she had been successful in the past in organizing fundraisers for missions. She said to the Lord, “I can do that, but I need money to start the fundraiser.” This was her closing prayer that morning. It was private and no one else knew.
We had a visitor that morning, an elderly man who occasionally attends our services. As he explains, the Lord had spoken to him that morning and told him to give my children money. I have a 13-year old son as well. He wasn’t sure he was hearing the Lord, so he asked the Lord after the service to direct his path home. If he crossed paths with my children then he would give them the money. Well, you can guess what happened. He ended up at Wal Mart, where my wife had stopped by for a few grocery items on the way home from church. He followed through with his promise and gave each of us $10, resulting in a $40 gift to our family. Micaiah knew this was seed money and her fundraiser plans were put into motion. We decided that the Philippines would be our target because of the tsunami that had recently devastated them. We bought the items for the fundraiser – hot chocolate and ingredients to make hot cider – since it was so close to Christmas. We employed our church youth group, set the event for that Saturday and began putting the word out. When the day came we opened up our church facility and served free coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies while asking for donations to help the Philippines. We also collected money throughout the next week as well. When it was all done, my daughter had amazingly raised just over $1,500. Hallelujah! We sent the money to World Vision, a reputable Christian relief organization that combines benevolence with the preaching of the Gospel, and earmarked it for the Philippines.
I’m amazed by how quickly God raised up such an effective event. I’m amazed at how well my 15-year old daughter hears the voice of God and seeks to obey Him. I’m amazed by the generosity of so many people who responded. And I’m amazed that God can take the $40 gift of an elderly man and in two weeks multiply it to $1,500. This is the Kingdom at work – God using weak people to accomplish His divine agenda. I wonder just how much harvest of righteousness can be accomplished through a $40 gift and an obedient 15-year old? Only heaven knows.
What gift has God told you to give? What mission has He put in your heart? Does the mission seem too big? Does the gift seem too small? Perhaps it’s time to step out in faith. Perhaps it’s time to attempt the “impossible” plan God has laid on your heart (Matt. 19:26). Perhaps it’s time to put aside the despising of small things and give an “insignificant” gift (Zech. 4:10). For the God who can use a 15-year old can certainly use you, and the God who can turn $40 into $1,500 can increase your small gift as well. For He can supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
“Lord, deliver me from the indoctrination of a culture that says something small doesn’t matter. Deliver me from the lie that says I can’t do great things in Your name. Empower me to obey You, no matter how big or how small and insignificant a project may seem.”