Philippians 1:15-18; Exodus 4:1-3; Judges 3:31

Introduction: Many times in the Bible, God shows how powerful he is to his people by using whatever is in the hand of his children. God can always bring out something big and magnificent from anything small and insignificant that we have.

For example, let’s take a look at Moses’ encounter with God. After the burning bush event, he was asking God, to the point of bargaining, he asked, “What if they do not believe me?” What did God answer? “What is that in your hand?” A staff. God used something small to prove God’s power, authority, and glory to Moses for the Israelites. What happened after? Moses used it against the Egyptians. He lifted his staff and stretched out his hands to divide the Red sea. He used his staff, as long at it is held up, the Israelites had the advantage against the Amalekites.

Another example is Shamgar. A nobody. No one knows him. Just a verse in the entire Bible.

Main Idea:

God can use something small or insignificant things, a moment in our life, or skills for greater purposes.

  1. Paul’s imprisonment has meant progress for the gospel.
  2. His chains did not hinder him from continuing to make disciples. A good model for Timothy.
  3. Joy in making disciples.

Hannah, the mother of Samuel, is one of the greatest examples in the Bible for mothers when it comes to surrendering what they have to God. Let us read 1 Samuel 1:10-11

Conclusion: I urge everyone to take courage that whatever is in our hand, as long as we submit it to God, we can use it for God’s glory, especially in making disciples and proclaiming the Word of God.


Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
May 14, 2023


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