My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Are you willing to do really little things for God?
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of
heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;
(Matthew 13:31 NASB)
and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THEAIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.”
(Matthew 13:32 NASB)
Jesus continued to present the "upside-down" kingdom to the
Disciples. The world expects great people to do great things, and by
the world's definition, these are usually "big" things. Jesus explains
what it means to be willing to work in the kingdom. It may mean
faithfulness with something very, very small. The mustard seed is so
small that one can barely even see it. And yet, the man in the story is
faithful with the very small mustard seed. He takes it to the field
and he plants it. Not only does he plant it, but he must take the time
to nurture it. The tiny little seed -- the one little seed -- begins to
grow, and the results are amazing as the plant becomes a tree and
eventually is large enough to support the livelihood of others.
How many of us would truly be faithful with just a little tiny
seed? Let's be honest, if we were standing in line and seeds were being
handed out, and we noticed that the people around us were getting a
handful of big fat seeds and then we received just one little tiny speck
of a seed -- we'd be disappointed. Why should we only have one tiny
seed? And yet, God calls us to be faithful with whatever He gives us,
even if we don't understand what it is. Be grateful for the little tiny
thing, and then love it, care for it, and nurture it with everything we
have. God put the DNA into the mustard seed and it grew into a mighty
plant. God has put the DNA in the little tiny thing He has given to you
and to me. Let's trust Him that He really does know what He's doing.
Maybe it's time to stop looking for the "big" things in life and be
willing to take care of the really small things. Who knows what DNA God
has already placed into that small thing, and He's just waiting for
someone to be obedient enough for Him to be able to do great things.
Lord, we thank You today for the tiny things. May we be faithful with every little thing that You have given to us. Amen.