Summary: God can take what little you have to offer Him, if you’ll give it freely, and use it for His honor and glory. He used A REDUCED REGIMINE, A SHEPHERD’S SLING AND A LAD’S LUNCH.
* God isn’t interested in the quantity of our finances, friends or family
* This church’s size, sanctuary or staff doesn’t impress him.
* He wants to use the little things that we have. He used:
1. A REDUCED REGIMINE—JUDGES 7
A. Midianites had 120,000 men
B. Gideon started with 32,000---“Scared go home”-v.3
C. Down to 10,000---“Drink of water”-vv 4-6
D. Down to 300---Won the battle
E. “LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT!”
2. A SHEPHERD’S SLING---1 SAMUEL 17
A. Goliath heckled the army of God —v 8
B. The “macho” army would cower in his presence—v.11
C. David-the runt-brought food for his brothers
D. Saw Goliath—“You’re letting him talk that way?!”
E. “Is there not a cause?”---volunteered to fight Goliath
F. King’s armor too big—“I don’t need it”
G. Went to the creek and found five stones.
H. Goliath saw David—vv 42-44
I. David—vv 45-47
J. David gave Goliath a third eye and decapitated him!
K. Ill: “Too Big to Miss”
L. “LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT!”
3. A LAD’S LUNCH---JOHN 6:1-13
A. Jesus came into town and everyone turned out---v 5
B. He asked Phillip how they would feed them.
C. Andrew remembered seeing a boy with a lunch---v 9
D. Jesus took the food, gave thanks and gave it to them
E. The more they passed out the more they had---v 11
F. Five fishes and two loaves became 12 baskets---v 13
G. “LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT!’
* God can take your little and make it much!
* Ill: SONG: “Little is Much When God Is In It”
“Too Big To Miss”
The story’s told in the Bible about a mighty king. And how when he was just a little boy he played around with a sling. Well he got up early one morning and before the sun had set that day, a nasty ol’ giant had lost his head and his body lay cold on the clay.
When David went out to the battlefield his big brother said, “Stay away! You’ve got no business out here, David, so go back home and play!” David said, “Step aside, boys. I’m gonna take that giant on!” His brother said, “Obey your elders David; get back home where you belong!”
David said, “That giant ain’t gonna make fun of MY God and King! I’m gonna find me five smooth stones and play awhile with my sling! I’m gonna challenge that devil in the Name of the Lord; and when he’s dead I’m gonna take my sword, chop of his head and let the world know that Jehovah is the Lord!”
His brother said, “Listen little David, you ain’t thinkin’ straight. That giant up there’s too big to hit, and your body he will mutilate!” David said, “Listen big brother; I’ve seen worse than this. That giant up there ain’t too big to hit, that giant’s too big to miss!”
Well the rest of the story you all know, I guess it’s history. David took one smooth stone and that giant fell like a tree. So when a giant of trouble gets in your way, you remember what “little David” had to say: “I’ve seen worse than this! That giant up there ain’t too big to hit, that giant’s too big to miss!
"Little Is Much When God Is In It"
In the harvest field now ripened there’s a work for all to do:
Hark! The voice of God is calling; to the harvest calling you.
Does the place you’re called to labor seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it, and He’ll not forget His own.
Are you laid aside from service, body worn from toil and care?
You can still be in the battle in the sacred place of prayer.
When the conflict here is ended and our race on Earth is run,
He will say if we are faithful, “Welcome Home my child--well done!”
LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN TI! LABOR NOT FOR WEALTH OR FAME; THERE’S A CROWN---AND YOU CAN WIN IT, IF YOU’LL GO IN JESUS’ NAME.