On the Sunday after Christmas, Pastor Louis R. Blakey, Jr. of New Canaan Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia preached from Luke 2:12-15, using the title: “The Little Things in the Christmas Story.”
According to Pastor Blakey:
“God uses a series of little incidents to do great things. It’s the little things that make a difference.”
Pastor Blakey pointed out four areas about the little things in the Christmas story.
God uses little people.
There were many great and wealthy men in Palestine at this time, but the lowly shepherds were the first to hear about the birth of Jesus. One of the elite was not chosen to carry the babe in her womb, but rather a simple poor girl of Nazareth named Mary. None of the elite men of the city were chosen to head the home in which Christ would be reared. It was a humble carpenter named Joseph.
- God used a little shepherd boy named David to kill Goliath.
- Gideon destroyed the Mideanites with only 300 men.
- A little boy’s lunch fed 5,000.
- Naaman was sent to Elisha to be healed of leprosy by a little maid.
- Little Paul wrote two-thirds of the New Testament
- Mary Magdaline was the first to see Jesus after His resurrection.
God uses little places.
- Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem.
- Jesus was born in a barn instead of a mansion or a hospital.
- Jesus bed was a manger instead of a baby bed.
- Jesus lived in the little town of Nazareth.
- King David was found in a field.
- Gideon was found behind a winepress.
- Moses saw the burning bush in the desert.
- D. L. Moody was won to Christ by a little shoe salesman.
God uses little things.
- The manger was a little feed trough used to feed the animals.
- The swaddling clothes, were nothing but rags, probably ragged cloth used to wash the animals.
- The Savior could have been born in a palace, or a modern hospital, or any other place, but God chose the little things to greet His Son’s birth.
- Moses was given fully to God at a little bush that burned, but not consumed.
- Samson used the little jaw bone of an ass to do battle for God.
- Jesus used the illustration of little sparrows to show His love and care for the Christian.
- Often the Lord sailed in a little boat to reach the other side of the lake.
- It was a small still voice that spoke to Elijah and not the earthquake, or the wind, nor was it in the fire that passed.
- It was a little crowing that the rooster did that caused Peter to realize His sin.
- It was Jesus who went a little father and prayed in the garden.
God uses little tasks.
Jesus could have performed something great every day of His ministry, but instead of greatness Jesus used little tasks to reach others with the message of eternal life.
- Jesus asked the woman at the well for a little drink of water and then showed her that He was the living water.
- David used the little task of playing the harp to quiet a king.
- It was a little bush called a hyssop that was used to spread the lamb’s blood on the door post that spared the first born of each home of the children of Israel.
God used little people, little places, little things and little tasks in the Christmas story as He sent His Son into the world. God can use you too; if you will but trust Him.
God uses little things to do His will. He can also use little you and little me. We only have to surrender to Him. God doesn’t need anything big. God needs yielded little things.
God can use us no matter how little we think we are.