Raise your hand if you want to serve God! Oh, very impressive, I see lots of hands raised, OK put your hands down now.
Of those who raised their hands, how many of you would like to serve God in a big way; raise your hands…
Good! Hands down. So does that mean the rest of you would like to serve in a small way?
God has called us to serve Him by building His body on this earth, and that includes thousands of ways to serve; why is it that we only think in terms of big things like being a preacher in a big fancy church, or being a best-selling Christian author or having some famous ministry? Should we think that if we are only doing the little things, we really aren’t doing our part?
Boy, I sure hope not!
That big preacher, author or ministry leader; aren’t they doing the little things, too? I hope so! It might be that someone in that position has a gift from God to use in an “up front” way… You know, up in the front of the room, you might say, but their gift is no greater than the smallest gift for loving, encouraging or simply serving others in a quiet way; in fact it could be the other way around. Jesus taught that the last will be first and the first will be last. He taught that the least will be the greatest!
The Body of Christ may well be better served by the person who is kind, loving and helpful to others, a person who shows compassion to the hurting, whose name we will never know. You can be assured, however that even if we never know that person’s name, God knows it!
People don’t often come to relationship with Jesus Christ because somebody gave a great speech or wrote a best seller or had 25,000 blog followers! People are much more likely to give their lives to Christ because they saw one (or many) of His followers exhibit His love in their lives. People usually come to faith because of a relationship, not because of a “Mr. Important” sort.
The little things we do, the small little details in which we show our loving and compassionate attitudes toward others; these are things that tell more about a life of following Jesus than all of the greatest oratory ever could. Maybe we should start asking God for the gifts of helping, serving and love and not lament if we do not have the “up front” gifts or abilities, for we might well change more lives with the little things.