What is few to you?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a busy woman.  A close friend who shall read this will not disagree with me at all.  My mom shares this sentiment as well, but even though she has internet service, she needs a new orientation each time she turns the computer on, so no reading from her on this blog to be in agreement.  Truthfully, I don’t like to think of myself as a busy person.  In my head, my activity is organized, and connects in terms of purpose at the root, yet I’m overextended just the more.  Between family, work, church, sorority, volunteer/civic engagement and those pesky “other duties as assigned,” I find that being in constant rotation just seems to be a part of my daily existence.

During my devotional time, I read the 25th chapter of Matthew, and I began to reflect on the consideration of “what’s a few?” Growing up I recall few being relegated to a couple, or two.  However, does that assumption still have validity? When did few become grande? In fact, what I dare to ask is who determines few? God? And if so, should God be required to do a brief check in with the person on the receiving end and responsible for the implementation of “few?” Seriously though, how is few rationalized, considered, and then disseminated? Why does it feel like my “few” is much larger than someone else? In fact, I feel like salt is being poured into a wound when one has a conversation with someone on the “less than few” end and they say things to you like, “Mmmm, why you doing the most? I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”  After giving a serious eye roll, unfortunately I allow the thoughts someone else projected to attempt to take root.  Note to self: Am I doing the most? Is it that I was responsible and honoring God by attempting to do more with what he gave, or it is a consequence of Luke 12:48? It reads, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”  I typically hear lots of reciting in unison on this part.  I use to be one of those as well, until I read a little further and discovered:  “and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” I.was.floored.  So, hold up God, let me get this straight.  You expect us to be faithful over what you give us.  If we comply, you will give us more, and finally, even more will be asked of us.  So, could it be, that the “busy” folk aren’t necessarily volunteering, but in fact, it is a requisite of obedience to God and doing what he has called you, when he calls you and how he calls you? I wish to take it a step further.  What would happen if each of us, collectively, were working diligently at the gifts that God gave us? How might our world be different? Braver? Peaceful?

Perhaps perceptions would be lighter if each of us were seeking God to inquire what we are to do with what we’ve been given.  Yet, I have found that is a futile waste of energy.  I can only be responsible for what God has given me.  Its not easy, yet I wouldn’t have it any other way, because as overwhelming as it may feel at times, God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).  Further, nothing comes to us that hasn’t been vetted by him.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness (II Corinthians 12: 9). As tired as you may feel, don’t give up!  God has given each of us great assignments and people are linked as benefactors of our willingness to be obedient.  Thanks be unto God!  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

As my Pastor says weekly, check your row! See who is with you.  Is your circle comprised of those who are using their talents or burying them expecting them to sprout up and work themselves? When we are busy doing the work of the one who sent us, we build our tolerance for the mess we meet along the way.  Not tolerance to assume it, but tolerance to endure it and continue on the path that God has required.  Distractions are just that, and not conduits to divine appointments.  If God has sanctioned something, no devil internally or externally to hell can stop it!

Perhaps you are in a season of “few.”  No worries.  For many are invited, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14).  The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37).  There is evidence of few being considered more than enough to get the job done. Consider the few fishes that fed the multitudes (Matthew 15:34).  We may think someone else should be doing what you’ve been asked (or required) to complete, but that selection is up to God and no one else.  The Message translation always gets right down to it.  Luke 12:48 reads: “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” If that makes you a little unsettled, it’s okay – just know that when God called you he qualified you (II Corinthians 3:5).  Take solace and continue being faithful over a few, and keep your eyes on God.

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