It’s the little things

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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.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to It’s the little things

  1. Shelly says:

    Amen! Everything we say and do makes an impact on someone else. May we all find ways to bless others in little ways today!

  2. paulfg says:

    Mr M – your recent postings on discipleship, teaching, bible study .. I had unspoken unformed words and confusion brewing inside. Then you add this to the mix. God bless you! I was asked recently by a lady without any connection to me, and with whom there is infrequent normal day stuff living contact … “Are you a Christian?”. Never been asked that before. I said “Yes”. She said “Thought so.” Can’t remember who it was. Don’t know what she saw. But it reinforced something I hold dear: “We do – God works. Don’t confuse the two.”

    • Don Merritt says:

      Paul, you made my day! It’s a funny thing about all of this; when we “teach” the Bible, things appear rather complicated, the concepts, the study and all of that… but when we see it in action it’s really quite simple. In fact, it’s not only simple, it’s also quite a beautiful thing!

  3. I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  4. So true. I wonder sometimes how we went wrong; I mean, we know how it works intrinsically if we are in a loving relationship with God, but somewhere on the climb up the proverbial ladder, a leader can forget that ultimate obedience as a leader is to be a servant. The supreme prize of leadership is calloused hands, shoes with soles worn off, tired eyes, and a heart as big as the sky, warm as a campfire.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Exactly! A month or so ago I was at a workshop for church leaders. At the beginning we all introduced ourselves and told something about ourselves. I simply said that I am the servant of all. They insisted that I explain myself; incredible!

      Thanks for sharing!

  5. Dan Ledwith says:

    Excellent post! If we can’t be trusted to do the little things, God–because He is loving–will not trust us with bigger things. Thanks for that reminder.

  6. tayalln says:

    Reblogged this on We Are Abundantly and commented:
    Love this! Every part of the body of Christ is dependent upon each other! We are all important! If the whole body were an eye, where the hearing? if all hearing, where the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them in the body, according as it has pleased him. (1 Corinthians 12:17, 18)

  7. paulfg says:

    Reblogged this on Just me being curious and commented:
    “It’s the little things” – thank God for that!! 🙂

  8. paulfg says:

    Dear DM – I saw a post this morning which took me staright back to your words. I added a comments and made reference to this piece. Wanted to share that with you. James Voight : Have a God Awwwwwww Full day!! 🙂

    Dear JV – Amen bro! I saw another similar piece of thinking recently and that also made my heart sing: You and DM should talk 🙂

    Living a life each day with stuff for others were my small steps. Volunteering. Driving others. Standing up and stepping out (of my comfort zone). Being committed and being caring. The driving I do – these people are close to meeting the lord in their own lives. I might or might not make a difference, That is not my reason. My reward is doing and keeping on doing.

    Listening for being led is important now in my life. I was led to a church a couple of years ago – the local evangelical church. Making myself known and visible and “attached”. After two Sundays finding I was in the methodist church (I don’t listen very well!). Accepting the lord knew best and staying put. Taking “kndergarden steps” – and finding myself asking questions, having conversations, being “difficult” in a gentle way, resisting becoming a “member”, being sure that regular weekly attendance was not that important, and becoming a catalyst for god-lead developments. Writing my blog and finding others reading it. Introducing it to my extended family. Making connections and learning. BEing led and listening gently. And thinking “that’s not me five years ago” – and knowing “that is me now – where he take me in the next five”.

    I wonder if small steps never become bigger steps. Because bigger steps are still just small steps when he leads you. That is the wonder of the lord in me.

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