As a child I often went to sleep at night listening to the sound of ladies practicing in our home. My Mum belonged to a singing group with a number of ladies from our church, and they would often hold their practices at our home.
We were also often taken along to concerts where they sang: to nursing homes, old people’s groups, churches, and other community events. Sometimes we children even took part in the concerts, or else we had to sit quietly and behave, under the watchful eyes of our mothers, or while being minded by someone else.
I remember listening to the fun and laughter they seemed to have while they learned their music. Sometimes they made beautiful music and at other times, it wasn’t quite there yet. At that time, I hadn’t really learned the joy of singing myself and what a blessing it was to be able to provide music for others, but I think as I listened to them laugh and have fun, I also learned to appreciate how seriously they took the ministry side of what they did as well.
Their group was called “Inasmuch.” It was taken from the verse above, but from the King James Version where it says: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
I’ve always associated Inasmuch with that verse, but a search for it recently, brought up a number of other instances in the KJV even though it has practically disappeared from our modern versions.
For them it was a ministry to others–maybe “even the least of these.” But it was not only fun, it was an offering of their talents for God to use in whatever way He wished. I believe those ladies were a great example to us as children, but they remind me still that God can take whatever we have to offer Him – even if it may be a lot less than it once was – and use it to fulfill His purposes.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I can do “inasmuch” as you desire and I am able. Reveal to me Your plans for my life, despite my circumstances.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.