Devotional

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” — Chuck Swindoll

We worship a big God with a big mission that will one day reach this whole big world. We live in a culture that gravitates to the big things. In an age where everyone seems to be longing for attention and approval, what better way to garner it than with something big. We think that someday you will be able to do something great. Maybe you will write a huge check to your favorite charity or possibly fund a program to feed the hungry. Perhaps you might start a needed ministry at church. 

We, as Christians, can waste so much time waiting to do something big that we miss opportunities right now. As always Jesus serves as our example; He took simple things from ordinary folks and turned them into resources beyond imagination.

We always start the year with big intentions. Becoming more consistent with my walk with God.  We long for God-sized encounters but believe we are more qualified for smaller things. Small steps.  Small progress. Small steps of progress in parenting, marriage, character traits, loving people, and so on.

But smallness is not the issue because smallness is not a problem for God. For spiritual success consists of everyday small steps of consistent obedience to Him. Small, everyday steps of loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Small, everyday steps of staying faithful to reading His Word and allowing His Spirit to change our hearts.  Small, everyday steps of faithfully administering God’s grace in the lives of those around you on a day in and day out basis.   

The reality is we can experience God in the small things as well. God can speak to us in the small moments of stopping to receive God grace’s and presence in a time of scripture reading and prayer.  

One day a little boy overheard the disciples of Jesus trying to figure out how they were going to feed 5,000 families. The boy offered his lunch of five loaves and two fish to help. When Jesus received it, He multiplied it into enough food to feed 5,000 families – with leftovers.

This same Jesus can turn the simple things you bring to Him, those deeds of service day by day, and multiply them into great blessings for you, as well as for others. As small as it may seem, He is looking for people who will give Him all they have, and trust Him to do the rest.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some small things you can do well?
  2. What can we do this week to be better at the small things?