1999-04-26 - Sometimes it's the Little Things...
Psalm 37:16, "Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked."
In Sydney, Australia, stock car driver Danny Elko survived a five car crash at 205 m.p.h. He only had a broken leg. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but died minutes later when the ambulance struck a guard rail while traveling only 20 m.p.h. The back doors of the vehicle opened sending Elko onto the pavement, fracturing his skull.
It is not always the expected things which effect us. It is not always the big things that define or impact our lives. It was just a little thing that killed Danny the race car driver, so it can also be the little things that result in much larger consequences for us. The London Bible Society began as a result of the conversation between a poor Welsh boy and his minister. An idle classmate once said to William Paley, "It is a sin for you to be idle, you have talent, you can do something in the world: I cannot." Paley, although latitudinarian in his views, wrote Evidences of Christianity, a very influential book in his time.
When Canova was in the process of making one of his prized statues an on looker spoke as if he thought the slight taps Canova was making were useless. To this Canova responded, "The touches which you ignorantly hold in such small esteem are the very things which make the difference between the failure of a bungler and the chef-d'oeuvre of a master."
It is the small things, it is the small things! These things define us. A morning devotion time seems like a small thing, but do it over time, over a year, or ten years, and you have communion with God (not a small thing). The habit of prayer seems to be a small thing because we may start this habit at any time, but so few really do. This small thing, a habit of prayer, will define a person and result in a deep spiritual life that few know exits or ever experience.
We all know this from experience, but what matters is that this concept is also Biblical.
Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much."
I often hear people wonder why God does not use them more for His kingdom. "Why is God not blessing me and my work for Him?" I often wonder, when I hear such things, about the little things in the Christian life. I wonder if the person has a closet prayer life that few know about or whether he/she only prays when others will notice. I wonder a bunch of things, but they are all little things.
The Christian life is one of details. It is a life that is focused, often, on the small things. However, it is these very things that will act as a foundation and a life boat when times become tough and we need an anchor in life. It is these small things that will lead us forward into effective service of the Lord Jesus Christ. May God grant us the strength to take care of these small things that so help us in our walk with Christ.
"Have your heart right with Christ and he will visit you often, and so turn weekdays into Sundays, meals into sacraments, homes into temples, and earth into heaven." C. H. Spurgeon
Soli Deo Gloria,