Little Is Much When God Is In It!


March 2nd, 2015


In 1924, Mrs. Kittie Suffield, an evangelist’s wife and gifted songwriter, wrote the beloved hymn  -  “Little Is Much When God Is In It.” The first stanza of the great song begins with these words:
 
“In the harvest field now ripened
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! the voice of God is calling,
To the harvest calling you.”
 
The third stanza asks the question:
 
“Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.”
 
The chorus says:
 
“Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown - and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ Name.”
 
The great Baptist missionary William Carey was born in England in 1761. Carey spent an active forty-one years serving the Lord in India; his work there included translating the Scriptures. William Carey was one of God's giants in the history of evangelism! This great servant of God would earn the nickname “The Father of Modern Missions.” It was Carey who preached the epoch message, "Expect Great Things From God. Attempt Great Things For God." When he died at seventy-three in 1834, he had seen the Scriptures translated and printed into forty languages and had seen India open its doors to world missions.
 
I love the story of William Carey’s conversion. One day an old minister in England walked into his churchyard, sat on a tombstone and began to weep. His officers had just notified him that they felt he was getting too old to pastor the church, and that he should resign and let a younger man take his place. As he sat there brokenhearted and discouraged, he saw a boy coming down the street. He was fond of children and called to the boy and asked him to come and sit down beside him. The young fellow sat down beside him on the tombstone. The old preacher, forgetting about his own sorrow, told the young fellow about Christ and the wonderful story of the gospel, and then led the little fellow to Christ. The old preacher went back to his manse and to his sorrow, and it was not long after that he was called to his eternal reward. No doubt the old preacher looked down from the other side and watched that little boy grow to become a teacher, shoe cobbler, and lay preacher. No doubt he watched as the boy, now a man,  fashioned a leather globe and then broke down and wept while pointing out distant lands to his students. No doubt the old preacher watched from the balconies of heaven as the little boy that he had led to Jesus while sitting on a tombstone left one day as a missionary to India. That little boy he led to Jesus was William Carey.