(In)significant

January 7, 2019
by Don Lipsett

Luke 8:42b-45a – As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. (NIV)

Imagine the scene that day: Jesus, the Man who did miracles and spoke powerfully — unlike any other — was making His way down the street, surrounded by His disciples and a noisy, jostling crowd. Everyone was trying to get close to Him, to be seen with Him, to hear His words, or ask a question. In the dust and commotion, the woman just hoped to touch the outer hem of His robe. She was seemingly so insignificant in that whole chaotic scene, unnoticed — except by Jesus.

Do you remember about the day when the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, met Jesus?

Mark 10:46-52 – Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. (NIV)

Here also we find weakness, faith, and hope, face to face with the Saviour.

These incidents touch us, I believe, in their revealing how Jesus responds to faith, and to those who humbly seek. No one is insignificant to Him.

Perhaps for many of us, our contributions to and work for God's kingdom may seem to be insignificant in the big scheme of things, or in the monotony of daily life. However, Jesus' call to us is to be faithful. Even if our circumstances may be limiting, we can pray, and maybe, there are yet little ways that we can share God's love and the gospel with family, friends, neighbours, strangers, or even enemies. In little things and details, people can see, and wonder, and be moved by the Holy Spirit. As the Lord said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

Prayer: God of grace and mercy, fill our weakness with Your strength, and give us faithful hearts that we may "not grow weary while doing good" (Galatians 6:9a NKJV). We ask this in Jesus' precious name. Amen.

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Don Lipsett <dllipsett@shaw.ca>
100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for the challenge, Don.


    Thank you, Don, for this encouraging message.


    Thanks for a wonderful devotional. We appreciate the challenge.


    A very good read Don. Thanks for sharing this thought.
    (Ontario)


    Hi Don,
    I loved your devotional today. Thanks for sharing!


    Don,
    Thanks for the message of encouragement and powerful prayer.


    We are not all called to do great things but we can all do small things with great love. Mother Teresa.
    Amen Don.


    Dear Don Lipsett,
    Thank you for the truly Bible-based devotional. It speaks truth.
    Keep writing.


    Thank you for your reminders of the fact that we are significant to Jesus and that He is touched with every need that we have. I appreciate your prayer in the precious name of Jesus.


    Thanks Don,
    So many people need to read this and know they are important to Jesus. Thank you. It encourages me and good to remember when feeling low!
    God bless.


    Dear Don:
    Thank you for your wise words and the blessed words and deeds of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. I felt so reassured by these testaments of faith from so long ago and your words of renewing my spirit.
    May our Lord bless you always.


    Don,
    I think a lot of us feel “insignificant” in our part that we do for God when we think of David or Isaiah or others and your devotional helps us to remember that we are all a part of the Christian community and God’s love and he has a plan for us. No matter how small, it is “significant” to God and to those around us. Thank you for your encouraging devotional.


    Good morning Don,
    Good to read another devotional written by you. Thanks for your writings. Yes, it is amazing how the Lord readily responds to our minor concerns as well as major happenings. His love and mercy is truly always with us.
    Blessings to you.
    (B.C.)


    What a beautiful request of God in your prayer… fill our weakness with your strength.


    Thanks for your encouraging devotional.
    Much appreciated.
    (BC)

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