A Little Room
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Today I want to make one simple point. A principle that I have found can have a major impact in any situation in my life.
Today I want to bring some small things that don’t get much notice to our attention. I want to make one simple point. A principle that if applied to life can have major impact.
In 1924 Kittie Suffield wrote a hymn with this line “Little is much when God is in it”. A saying that has spun from the concept has been “a little is a lot with God”.
Through out the Bible there is this indication that the little things matter. Beware the little foxes that spoil the vine. A little leaven will leaven the whole. Give no place to the devil…which indicates that if we give him a little space, he will end up taking a lot more than we intended for him to have.
Faith as a mustard seed.
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
A little Fire
We have to mind the little things.
We also need to be aware the little we can offer to God can have dramatic results!
The widow and her son - A little oil. Elijah - make a cake for me first. We just have a little. But God made that little last a three year famine. Every she went to make another cake… There was still a little oil in the cruse.
Elijah’s servant said I see a little cloud. When the land needed rain, Elijah took his servant and went up to pray. Seven times he sent the servant, “go tell me what you see”.
If I were the servant I would have been looking for a storm cloud. But I am sure that by the seventh time going up the mountain, I would have started to get a little liberal on my interpretation of what a rain cloud looks like.
The servant said “I see a cloud as small as a man’s hand.” I don’t see much, but I see something. It’s just a little cloud, but it’s a cloud.
God used a little maid to save the life of Naaman. What if Naaman had ignored the little maid?
And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife.
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Jesus said: If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain… Just a little faith.
God can do a lot with a little.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
No room for them in the inn. No house to bring Jesus into. This is God manifest in the flesh. Emmanuel - God with us. The situation is happening. No options.
They did what they could. Made room where there seemed to be no room. A little space...
Laid Him in a manger. You know what a real manger looks like? It was this carved stone, usually on a wall, where the animal’s food was placed. It was nothing more than a ledge in the animal stall. That was the little room Mary and Joseph could offer.
Joseph and Mary made a little room to accommodate God’s plan in their life. Their whole world was changed.
You may not be able to make big sweeping changes. But if you can just take what you do have, make a little room for His plan. God will change your world.