Instead of a debit card or credit card, this woman started dropping in coins. Quarters, dimes, nickels. I even saw some pennies too. It was at this moment I realized how many coins it was going to take to pay for the pop. We were going to be awhile.
Twelve or fourteen dollars in small change is STILL twelve or fourteen dollars. Sure, it takes longer to pay, and it may be more inconvenient that other methods, but it gets the job done.
How often do we – do I – take the pocket change I gather and throw it in the former ash tray of my car, or throw it into the mason jar on our counter in the kitchen? Small coins are almost a bother – they don’t buy anything on their own.
But once a year I take that Mason jar to the credit union and empty it out in the coin counter. A quart jar usually yields over $60. That’s enough to splurge on a nice meal for Barb and me on vacation. All from pennies, nickels and dimes.
Our church is like that. We may all feel like we’re small coins in the grand economy of the Kingdom. On our own, we may not be able to do too much for Jesus. We may look at our gifts and talents like pennies laying on the sidewalk – is it really worth bending over to pick it up?
God can take our penny’s worth of talent or dime’s worth of ability and combine it with the other talents and abilities in our church to add up to a tremendous total for the kingdom! In fact, that is what Christ is depending on to reach the world.
We are called as His Church to take whatever we have, pool it with others in the Body of Christ, and make a difference in our world! God is specifically called our congregation to just that!
We may think in our life, or even in our church, that we don’t have all the talent or ability or pizzazz to do great things for the kingdom, or to make a difference for God. But we certainly can “nickel and dime” our way to get there!