You matter. Your presence is felt. Your participation produces results. Your effort has an effect. Not one of you is too small. You possess the potential for God to work in and through you to reveal grace to another – undone, unnoticed, and unloved.
Jesus returns to his hometown, Nazareth. He enters into the local synagogue on the sabbath to teach, which was his custom. Luke is a little more descriptive (Luke 4:16ff); where as, Mark’s report emphasizes the rejection of Jesus. The people of Nazareth were astounded by his teaching. They failed to understand the deeds of power performed by Jesus. They did not believe; and, Jesus was amazed by their unbelief.
Mark offers an insight that catches me off my guard. He claims, “[Jesus] could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.” I am not sure of Mark’s intent, but he seems to undervalue this detail offered in disregard. Are the healing of a few sick people too small to celebrate? Is the restoration of these individuals’ health, their life, of such little significance that we should not give praise to the glory of God revealed by Jesus? Are these deeds too small?
If these deeds are too small, then the smallest of deeds are pretty amazing! The smallest of deeds, combined with the grace of God, can produce the greatest results. The smallest of deeds can restore the hope of life, the affirmation of worth, and the power of love to an unexpected person, in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time. When the results are this great, no deed is too small.
If no deed is too small, it would stand to reason none of you are too small, either. Your participation can produce amazing results. Your effort can have a lasting effect. Your smallest deed can restore life, worth, and love. Why? Because God will work in and through you to reveal grace to another. You possess the potential for God to reveal grace to an unexpected person, in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time. With potential this great, no one is too small.
Look closely, my friends, and see there is nothing too small or insignificant about you. You are amazing! Because God knows your potential.
Has anyone ever performed the smallest deed that had the great effect on you? I would love to hear! Leave a comment or send me an email at HamptonUMC@gmail.com. Blessings…