Today's Encouragement

Reach Out

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Something so small can have such a big impact.
Patricia King

TRANSCRIPTION

Christmastime is a very exciting and enjoyable time for so many as they reflect on the wonderment of Jesus coming into the world to save us from our sins.  Just a remembrance of the faithfulness of God and a time to spend with family and friends. And yet, for others, this holiday season can be a very discouraging, depressing time for many.  People who feel lonely, people who lack family, people who have been in crisis and don’t know the goodness of the Lord, those who have never heard the Gospel – this season will mean something different to them.

I want to encourage you to reach out in this season.  Reach out with the love of God. Even the smallest effort that you take – maybe it could be a smile, or a little gift to a neighbor, or something like that.  Something so small can have such a big impact. I want to read to you out of Isaiah 9. It says in verse 6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us and the government will rest upon His shoulders.  His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness.  From then on and forevermore, the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.”

What I want to bring to your attention is that we see this massive weight of authority, this greatness that is on Jesus Christ, explained to us in this portion.  But, where did it start? It started just with a little baby. It started with a humble servant that was willing to say “yes” to God, to have the Holy Spirit overshadow her.  That she could begin to carry Christ within. But when He was born He wasn’t born as this great massive visible light. He was just this little baby. He was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes which are rags.  He was very obscure, very small. And what I want to draw to your attention there is that sometimes we overlook the greatness that is in the small. Sometimes we think, “You know, I want to get the people I love a great big gift because we only have the means to get something small.”  Or we might think, “I really want to make a big impact in my neighborhood.” And yet we end up only making a small gesture. Maybe taking some candy over to a neighbor to encourage them and it just – in our mind – we think, “It’s so small. It is so insignificant”, but the Lord wants you to know that there is greatness in your small.  Even as His own son came into the Earth so small. So insignificant, yet inside of Him, He carried greatness.

I want to just encourage you during this season as you look for ways to reach out, that every card and every note that you write, as small as it might seem, realize the potential it has to have a great impact.  No matter what gesture, you step out and do to help, maybe the poor or needy, or the oppressed, or sad. Even if it is a small little gesture, as small as a smile, that you will know God can turn that small gift of a smile, or that small gift of a little act of kindness, He can turn it into something great.  That’s what this season is all about. It is remembering God’s goodness and how he brought His son into the world as a little baby. But that little baby had within it the destiny call to transform the whole world for all eternity and everyone in it. God wants you to know that that life, that beautiful life lies inside of you.  You have significance because of that.  

For GOD TV and with great love for all of you, we do wish you the very best of the season.  And believe that God is going to pour out His goodness upon you and those you love. He is good and committed to you and He is blessed with His opportunity to pour out upon you and yours.  Merry Christmas! God Bless.