Why is it that, often, if we can’t do something big, we have very little interest in doing it? Too often we drag our heels or even dismiss doing the little things. Often we get excited, enthused – even exuberant, over doing something major for the Lord. Sadly, we can underestimate the premium God places on all the little things that could be done – and often times easily done. The thinking goes like this: “What difference would it make anyway? It’s so insignificant; I can’t be bothered doing it.”
Could a coffee with a person actually make a difference in their life? Could a box of freshly picked berries really melt a cold heart or change someone’s attitude or even count as anything? Breaking away from your cluster of friends just to say ‘hi’ to a person over there who’s standing alone and feeling alone – could that little action be of some value? Visiting the child with a sore throat and ear infection? “Nah, it’s not my thing! The kid probably could care less if I dropped by.” Pretty small stuff, eh?
Human nature likes to focus on the big see-me opportunities. The high profile occasions. The big sacrifices where the audience stands back and applauds approvingly and adoringly. “If it’s something big – like being a Sunday School teacher or a chance to preach or being an elder, or the lead cook at camp – well then, maybe I will consider it.” But the Lord uses a different measuring standard completely. Whether it’s during the Tribulation period (the context in Matthew 25), or right now, the principle is always the same with the Lord:
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40
In Mark 9:41 the principle is reiterated in words to this effect: Even if you give a cup of water to someone who belongs to Christ, you will be rewarded by the Lord. It sure doesn’t seem like much does it? If I could give a glass of water to Christ Himself – I would grab the honour quickly; after all, I can think of no greater privilege than to do something for Him. Plus, there would be a bit of prestige and glamour associated with that, my old flesh whispers!
May the Lord help me to recognize that even stooping down to pick up the purse of the little old sister is precious to His heart. “You did it to Me!” Giving $20 to encourage a university student or surprising some child with a new bat and ball is on par with placing a sacrifice right in the nail pierced hand of your Saviour and Lord. Acts of kindness. Deeds of thoughtfulness. Gifts of generosity.
What you do may never be noticed or even appreciated by fellow believers. You may never be asked to give a report on your work to a group of believers. You may not be able to hold your peers spell-bound by your breath-taking exploits for the Lord. But really, is that what counts? No! What we may consider to be mundane, He considers magnificent. What seems little to us is great to Him. Your obscure acts of compassion, kindness and care are noticed in detail by the Lord.
Don’t miss an opportunity today. Ask the Lord to make you more aware of the little things you may have been overlooking up until now. The little touches of grace are precious to Him. Study His life in the Gospels and notice the special little touches of grace He added to those in need.
Is there some ‘little thing’ you could do today?
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today,
Warmly in Christ
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