Don’t despise the day of small things…

Small acts of faith can have massive outcomes.

Jesus encouraged his disciples that if they had faith as small as a single mustard seed, they would see mountains move.

It wasn’t so much the size of the faith, but just that if they had it, it would produce significant and astounding results.

The Greek for ‘faith’ is the same word as ‘believe’. That makes sense. If you have the smallest amount of belief, awesome things can happen. That’s because God rewards belief in Him. The one who comes to God must have faith that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him with diligence. You can’t say that you believe in God but don’t have faith in Him.

When we look at what is happening in the country today it sounds noble to echo the voice of Elisha asking, “Where now is the God of Elijah?”  But it is not dignified question.

We know where He is, and what He is doing. God is at work in the Church, in the small details, and its everyday life. It’s why we must affirm the words of Zechariah and urge each other, that despite what we see, not to despise the day of small beginnings. The bigger picture is that every day more than 260,000 people are added to the Church. Not really that small. i

Small things often escalate into bigger events. Our response should always be towards thanking God and praising Him for what He is doing rather than what He is not, reminding ourselves that we walk by belief not by sight.

It’s easy to focus negatively on the small things that seem  representative of all that God is doing. More often than not, we are looking in the wrong direction – even small, hesitant steps of faith are rewarded  by the One whom we have faith in.

Don’t despise the day of small things because it iis the place in which God begins to work the bigger things that change, restore and transform society, culture and our nation.  Our hope is not in the astonishing work of revival, signs and wonders or breath-taking miracles, but in walking in cooperation with what God is doing in our midst.

But I guess that never stops us longing for more – and God is the one that puts that into our hearts!

  1. http://www.thetravelingteam.org/articles/growth-of-the-church  (back)

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