I‘ve heard this story told about me most of my life. Although I remember it happening, I don‘t remember the impact of which everyone speaks. When I was about four or five years old, our small church was in need of funds to pay-off a balloon payment on a mortgage debt. Our pastor gave a plea expressing the need in a way that tugged on my heart.
I can remember sitting alone on the front row fiddling in my pockets for all the money I could find to give. According to all the adults, I walked into the pulpit and interrupted the sermon to ask Preacher Finklea if my .54¢ would be enough to help the church. I do remember him taking the change out of my hands and telling me that he thought it would be just enough. According to him, after church an older gentleman who had been opposed to the original loan handed him a check to cover the entire loan balance (minus .54¢). On the way out of the church, the older gentleman supposable said, “Don‘t think what that little boy did had anything to do with this!”
How much of that story is true, and how much of it has been embellished by time I‘ll never know. But what it does illustrate is the connectedness of God‘s kingdom. We often think that we are not talented enough, or spiritually mature enough to participate or help in ministry. But Paul writes “those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, (I Corinthians 12:22).” Everyone can be in ministry. Everyone regardless of our age, size, abilities or inabilities has role to play in God‘s kingdom. In fact, Paul identifies the weakest and least likely to be the most indispensable.
When we are aware of our own weaknesses, we tend to lean much more on God. Our work in the midst of our weaknesses often proclaims God‘s grace and strength. Jesus was able to take a few loaves and fish from a small boy and feed a multitude of people. God was able to take a child‘s .54¢ and pay off a mortgage. God knows that we are not perfect, and not the most talented when God calls us. All God is looking for from us is a willingness to what we can do in any given moment. God will always multiply it and do the rest.