It’s not that I have so much to bring, but so little. And, still, God wants my little—my flawed heart, my off-key singing, my less-energetic body, my imperfect gifts, my stammering words.
He wants it all.
Think about those the Bible praises for bringing their little, giving out of emptiness.
- The woman at the well came with guilt—and left with grace. (John 4)
- The widow who gave the mite came incognito—and left lauded. (Mark 12:41-44)
- The boy surrendered his small lunch—and left as a significant part of one of Jesus’ most famous miracles. (John 6:1-14)
- The disciples brought the lowliness of fishermen, the shame of a tax collector, the misplaced fervor of a zealot, and unnamed professions, assumedly not lofty—all were without esteem or education—and they left as world-changers.
Jesus loves us and wants us—flawed, empty, and poor. He will do through us and in us what we cannot do on our own. He will make us testimonies of grace, tell our story to inspire others, multiply our loaves and fishes, and use our emptiness to change our world.