Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Are you willing to do really little things for God?





Scripture

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 THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.”
(Matthew 13:32 NASB)

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

Lord, we thank You today for the tiny things. May we be faithful with every little thing that You have given to us. Amen.

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