Fireside: Little Is Much? Much is Much

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Luke 16:10

Though I love the southern-gospel song, “Little Is Much,” it seems that many believers have gotten a mixed-up message from it. They seem to think it is not spiritual to put out much effort.

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!

Little is much, when God is in it.
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There's a crown, and you can win it-
If you'll go in Jesus' name.

Isn’t it strange that we expect much return, when we have given so little?

A casual reader of Bible stories is often tempted to think that because God can bless a little and make it much, that a sacrifice of more is unnecessary.

For example, the lad who gave 5 loaves and 2 fishes fed 5,000+ people. (Matthew 14:15-21) Rather than emphasize the miracle of Jesus Christ, we figure in our minds that 5 loaves=5,000 people. If LITTLE can feed so many, why give MORE? Little is much, right?

Was the lad blessed because he gave so little? Or was he blessed because he gave ALL?

Constantly in the Gospels, Jesus Christ rehearses over and over again His desire for much, and MORE.

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be MUCH required:”

Luke 12:48

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear MUCH fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

John 15:8

“Then Peter said, Lo, we have left ALL and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold MORE in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”

Luke 18:28-30

“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have ABUNDANCE: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

Matthew 25:29

This is a question of both quantity AND quality. Our expectations do not match our investments. Why do we expect something great from so small an effort?

  • Why would we expect to be good at soul-winning when we only leave tracts in restrooms?
  • Why would we expect to find answers in the Bible when we don’t read it daily?
  • Why would we expect answers to prayer when we don’t take the time to ask?
  • Why would we expect vibrant, joyful music in church when we don’t sing to ourselves?

I’m not saying the Lord can’t bless a little- but if He can bless a LITTLE, wouldn’t He bless a LOT? He understands if the little is all you have.

…But I’m guessing that we all have a little MORE that we could give, but don’t.

Man is not blessed for giving a little.

He is blessed for giving it ALL.




3 Replies to “Fireside: Little Is Much? Much is Much”

  1. Brilliant! In Malachi Israel were bringing their dregs and afterthoughts and expecting God to work with it. Bring our best, if our best is not much, at least we brought what we had. But to whom much is given, much is required!

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