Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Greatness in the Small Things by Martin Wiles

What seems insignificant God may use monumentally.

Some months ago John* stopped by the church…but not for a handout. He needed money—he was out of work, but he didn’t want it for free. He was willing to work. And the pastor obliged him. Since that first encounter, he has stopped by regularly to see if there’s anything he can do for pay. Recently, he made his appearance again. This time he needed food for his family. Their stove was on the blink. Not only was he given some work but the pastor also took him to the local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and bought enough chicken to last his family three days. A small act of kindness that will one day no doubt be acknowledged with great rewards. 

Jesus would rather I do numerous small things than one large thing with improper motives. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (John 21:12 NLT) Jesus confused the multitudes by acting in ways contrary to their perceived Messiah notions. He was supposed to be a white horse rider and deliverer, not a breakfast serving, foot washing, dead touching, life raising, sinner-associating Savior.  

With Jesus, my motives for doing something are more important than the act itself. As honorable as serving others is, if done with improper motives it’s not recognized or rewarded. Nor is size important. I can be guilty of grabbing for the great things because I desire recognition or compensation, but Jesus taught by example that small things are large in his eyes. God endowed vision is necessary for me to see the seemingly small opportunities that amble my way regularly. And more importantly, it takes a regenerated mindset to be unselfish and detain them.

Are you missing God’s small opportunities because you’re looking only for the large ones?

Prayer: Train our eyes, Dear Lord, to see the small things You send that are actually large opportunities in Your eyes. 
*Name changed to protect individual’s privacy. 

Martin N Michelle 
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