Friday, January 25, 2008

the small things

We read in Scripture that God does not despise the day of small things. What is small in our eyes, often is not so in God's eyes. And what is large in our eyes, often is not so in God's eyes.

There are those times to be there for someone in helping pull the ox out of the ditch by prayer and in works of love. But most of life hinges on the smaller matters. Faithfulness in the everyday things. Seeking to do well in all we're called to do. And thinking of small things we could do or say that in Jesus can go a long way in helping another. Praying faithfully for our loved ones, for brothers and sisters in Jesus and for friends and enemies- keeping at that in small ways, regardless how insignificant it may seem at the time.

Jesus said that those who are faithful in small things are also faithful in greater things. And those not faithful in small matters are unfaithful in larger matters. What we do in the small areas really does matter.

Am I negligent on a small matter because I'm too engaged in the big things? Too bad. That is normally wrong. We need to not let the small matters slip by, such as a faithful prayer, a faithful listening ear and heart, faithfully seeking to come into God's presence to hear his word in our reading of Scripture and his voice. Blessing others with attitudes of love, grace and forgiveness.

This is part of what God has been working on in my life lately. Never to despise the day of small things. But to seek diligently to follow our Lord, together, in everything.

What would you add to this?

6 comments:

NaNcY said...

i really appreciated seeing your comments on my blog this morning, thanks.

this post is a beautiful and gentle reminder of the very important.

you have been very faithful in writing on this blog... about God, our relationship with God, and our relationship with others. the words have been very encouraging and might be bigger to God than it is to you. :-)

Every Square Inch said...

When we do anything for the applause of men, it is difficult to be faithful in the little, seemingly insignificant things.

preacherman said...

Great post brother.
After my month in the hospital and the time of physical therapy. Time I spent in a wheel chair, depending on others. When I was in ICU not knowing if I was going to make it from one day to the next. After I God had given me yet another chance at life, that is when I began to really enjoy the small things. Yes we have big things in that come up that we focus on and struggle with from day to day and week to week. But, I have come to really enjoy and appreciate the small things. The widow who needs me to just listen or change a light bulb at her house. Ted, thanks for sharing this post with us and reminding us of the small things that matter.
Great post brother. Keep posting on the things that matter.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Thanks for your kind, encouraging words. I would most definitely say the same for you. And you do it in so few words.

Ted M. Gossard said...

ESI,
Yes, then we're working according to an agenda that is not according to the will of God in Jesus, or the truth in Jesus. People in the world do need to see the difference in us, indeed- the Jesus way.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Kinney,
Yes, we lose sight of what's important, so easily. We take so much for granted. When faced with our mortality or limitations, we begin to really appreciate the trees in the forest, you might say.

Thanks for sharing that, and so glad you're with us, brother. You're a blessing and encouragement to us, in Jesus.