When they arrived at the bottom of the hill, a huge crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, "Sir, have mercy on my son, for he is mentally deranged, and in great trouble, for he often falls into the fire or into water, so I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn't cure him."
Jesus replied, "Oh, you stubborn, faithless people! How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here." Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy and it left him, and from that moment the boy was well.
Afterwards the disciples asked Jesus privately, "Why couldn't we cast that demon out?"
"Because of your little faith," Jesus told them. "For if you had faith even as small as a tiny mustard seed you could say to this mountain, 'Move!' and it would go far away. Nothing would be impossible. Matthew 17: 14-20 (TLB)
John Grube is from Texas. When he moved from the city to his small hometown and to the little church where he had grown up, John assumed that the church was too small to be of much significance. Surely, he thought, its light could not shine as bright as that of the large urban church he had attended in the city. His assumptions were wrong.
Almost immediately, John learned that what the church lacked in numbers and resources was offset by the dedication of its members as they filled hundreds of buckets with cleaning supplies for flood victims and went out into the community to repair and maintain homes for residents. This little church moves mountains for the communities it helps and for the members who come together to serve.
People in Jesus' time thought of him in much the same way John once thought about his church. Most didn't think Jesus, born to poor parents from a small town, was the Messiah. He worked as a carpenter. He spent time with fishermen. How could a common man make any mark whatsoever on the world, much less be a savior and redeemer?
When we question the significance of our service, we can remember that the first disciples of Jesus were only 12 people. Though small in number, they revealed God's greatness to an entire world - and so can we.
Prayer: Dear Father, no matter how small or insignificant we might feel, grant us the faith to serve others, in Jesus' name. amen