God does a lot with a little – Luke 2:6-7
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
Just a month ago Prince Harry and Princess Catherine celebrated the birth of their daughter, Princes Charlotte of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte was born with all of the pomp and circumstance due royalty. Media coverage was extensive, from the first sign of a bump on Kate Middleton to the anxious expectation of the birth announcement. You would have to live in a cave to have not heard about this royal event!
Interestingly, just over 2000 years ago another royal birth happened, in of all places, a cave. The most important birth ever to occur in the history of mankind, the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, happened in a dark, dank cave in Bethlehem.
I’m sure there were many reasons why God would choose such a common place for His Son to be born, but I see two important things that we can takeaway from it:
#1 – The Gospel message is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, beautiful or not so beautiful, important or unimportant; salvation is available to anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus. I believe that God allowed His Son to be born in such austere circumstances so that even the lowliest beggar on the street could see that Jesus died for them.
#2 – God can use anyone, anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young girl from a modest family like Mary, a carpenter like Joseph, a fisherman like Peter, a religious scholar like Paul, or a doctor like Luke, God will use you right where you are to accomplish great things in His kingdom.
Sometimes we can think that because we aren’t smart, or popular, or talented, or attractive, or we didn’t come from the right family, that we aren’t much use to God. It’s true that we don’t bring much to the table (even when we think we do!), but that doesn’t matter.
God doesn’t need our smarts or talent or looks – all He needs is a willing heart, and He’ll do the rest!
Christian, simply submit your life to God, allow Him to work in and through you, and you will be amazed at what God will do in your life.
God can do a lot with a little.
We can change the world, one life at a time…