On a recent Sunday night at the International Mission Fellowship (meeting at Yale Avenue Christian Church), the Reverend Kwang Su Won stood and gave testimony to his faith in Jesus Christ.
His was a story of persecution for his Christian beliefs in his native country of South Korea. The family he grew up in was rejected by other family members because of their faith. They lost everything the owned. They were followed by persecutors and abused. Eventually, they came to the States.
Growing up in a Christian family, Kwang Su Won had always believed in Jesus but there was a point in his life when it became his heart’s desire to serve the Lord in whatever way He called. For Kwang Su Won, it came about in the form of a vision.
Much like the Apostle John, Kwang Su Won was transported into the inner sanctum of heaven and from there he looked down on a small table covered in a red carpet. And in the middle of that carpet was a drinking glass, filled to the brim with water. Beside the glass was a tiny, little stickpin.
Suddenly, a hand entered the scene.
A voice spoke from heaven to Kwang Su saying, “You are the pin.” Then as Kwang Su looked on, the hand picked up the pin and dropped it into the glass filled to the brim with water.
As the tiny pin fell to the bottom of the glass, water overflowed the brim and ran off onto the red carpet, saturating it across the entire tabletop.
“You are the pin,” the voice continued. “I am the hand. Through you I cause the water to overflow.”
This is how God works in our lives. We are small and insignificant in the big scheme of things. Left to our own devices, we can accomplish very little, sometimes even nothing.
But when we allow God to use us as He sees fit, then great things are accomplished. Just as once His love enters our hearts it overflows onto everyone around us, so do the deeds we accomplish on His account. Our efforts are multiplied a hundred-fold so that through us the Father accomplishes great things. Of course He can do it without us, but He chooses to bless us by allowing us to participate with Him in His work.
Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He consistently teaches that we are to humble ourselves and put the needs of others before our own. We are to treat them with the same respect with which we want to be treated. And when we do this, He promises to multiply our deeds at thirty, sixty and one hundred-fold.
Just as the pin in Kwang Su’s vision displaced a much larger volume than its diminutive size warranted, our efforts will have a much greater impact on the world than we can ever imagine. When we are doing God’s work, we have the full strength of His mighty power behind us. And we can do anything. In His name.