Matthew 13:31-32 “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of the garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Matthew 28:16-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Dr. Ralph Winter preached at Living Waters Church in Fernandina Beach last Sunday, and he said, “The church of Jesus Christ is 20 times stronger than it needs to be to complete the Great Commission, but most of it remains dormant.”
Most of us feel that we need to do something BIG for God, but we need to realize that what we do for God each and every single day is big to Him.
We need to live out the moments of our day to day lives realizing that God is in every moment and that He is always with us.
When we wash dishes, He is there. When we take the dog out, He is there. When we go to Walmart, He is there. When we mop the floor, He is there. When we go to the doctor with a parent or a friend, He is there. When we rake leaves, He is there. When we take out the trash, He is there.
He is there in all the moments of our lives.
God is so amazing and so awesome. He orchestrates things to bring about growth in each and every one of us.
I know that He is always working on me and that I am a work in progress. He arranged for a lady to come from Tennessee to spend time in my home. He arranged for this lady, Michealle, Troy’s wife, to have a book that she is reading be in her hands for me to see Monday morning.
“Simply Tuesday” was the name of the book, and it piqued my interest. I ordered a copy from Amazon, and it arrived a couple of days later.
This book has helped to bring about some changes in me. You see, I am one of those type A personalities that has to have lots of plates spinning in the air. Always something to do or somewhere to be. Never taking time to enjoy the moment.
Just in the last few years have I learned to try to be “in the moment”. I struggle with just enjoying what I am experiencing right here, right now.
For most of my life, I was a Martha. Let someone else pray, and I will get the job done. God forgive me, but I was like that.
Over the years, I have learned to pray more and more and more. I have learned to let go and let God.
It was not easy, but I am still a work in progress. I am learning to be at peace.
The other day something happened that normally would have put me in a tizzy, but I prayed, I counseled, and I asked friends to pray. Then, I was at peace. I was not freaking out over what might happen.
I knew that God knew this thing was going to happen. He had equipped us with the tools that we needed to deal with this thing. All we had to do was use the tools.
I am telling you that it is absolutely amazing that I was at peace over it. I praise God that He is helping me to be a Mary in a Martha world. Praise God.
Because God exists in us, the Kingdom of God exists in us and in the moments where we live. God is with us in every moment of every day, from the mundane and boring to the exciting and thrilling!
The Presence of Christ makes a profound difference in my everyday life.
My life is not out on Broadway or in bright, shiny lights and glamorous adventures. My life happens one step at a time, one relationship at a time, one prayer at a time.
Jesus showed compassion. Even today, Jesus shows up in all the daily ordinary things that happen. We just need to realize that our ordinary life is extraordinary because Christ is in it.
We don’t need to ask for big ways to serve Him but just start walking with Him in the simple moments right here right now. We need to take hold of the significance of our words, our simple words, and they are precious when said in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Small deeds, small gifts, and small actions to encourage others are still love being shown. Just be led by love in small ways that have beautiful results.
Find His peace and His companionship.
Let me tell you a true story. In January 1994, an earthquake that lasted 20 seconds hit the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. It caused 20 billion dollars of damage. Much of the city’s power was knocked out. There happens to be an observatory in LA, and it began to receive strange phone calls from scared citizens who saw a strange sky. They thought that perhaps the silver cloud that they saw above them had caused the earthquake. At first the observatory staff were confused, but then they realized what was going on. Due to the lack of city lights, people were seeing for possibly the first time ever a dark sky. The scary, silver cloud that appeared smoky was the Milky Way. They had never seen the sky at night because of the city lights. Wow!!!
Looking up at the beautiful night sky, you and I do indeed feel tiny and small and insignificant. However, we, in our tiny little bodies on a vast planet in a humongous universe, matter to Almighty God.
Isn’t it true that He knows the number of hairs on our hair? Didn’t He know us in our mother’s womb? Now, that is amazing to me!
We need to celebrate our smallness and our importance to Daddy God.
Speaking of smallness, didn’t Jesus use the smallest seed, the mustard seed, to say that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed that we could move mountains?
I am truly grateful that I am small enough to let go, to be loved by God, and to remember that He is always with me. I can experience wonder, thankfulness, and peace.
Look at Jesus. He was born in a small town, Bethlehem. He began to build His Kingdom in the womb of his mother Mary. He arrived small in a manger in a stable.
As a man, Jesus depended totally on His Father. So the Spirit of the most dependent man who ever lived is living inside of you and me.
Living our everyday life with the small tasks and routines of it is where we are to notice what is going on. We are to live in the moment we are in and experience God in those moments.
We need to find the moments in our lives where we can sit and rest when we are making things too complicated. We need a bench where we can sit with someone so that we know we are not alone.
When we are feeling the need rise up in us to feel validated and appreciated, we need to look for a bench so that we can sit down on the inside.
Christ is our Light, and he is teaching us to learn to live in small moment living rather than trying to keep up with a fast-paced world.
The Light of Christ is burning within us, and wherever we go, we are not alone. We need to realize that the road of the Kingdom of God is lined with invisible benches for us to experience the work of His love, to listen to Him, to pray, to change and for transformation to happen.
Sometimes we feel that because we are small, we do not matter. Think about how Jesus came. He came, He lived, He died, and even to whom He revealed Himself to when He rose again was in a small way. He did not expose it to the whole world all at once.
When we live small, we can be confident in our own skin and know that we are not alone. We cannot control the opinion of others or manipulate the way things turn out, or force our opinion on someone. And, with that I am okay.
I got Jesus with me, and that is all I need. Christ makes it possible for me to move through my days, trusting that He is building His Kingdom within us and around us.
“Daddy God,
We confess our desire to light up our worlds with our own abilities, smarts, and accomplishments. May we have the courage to revisit our associations with the word small. May we be willing to change our minds about it, to decide to fold ourselves into it rather than run fast away….Instead, give us the courage to sit on a bench and listen to the secret small things You have to teach us.” Amen.
Oswald Chambers said, ” It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God–but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people–and that is not learned in five minutes.”
Martha Roach Smith said, ” It’s in the small moments that life is truly lived.”
Eugene Peterson points out, “the world gives scant attention to what it means to live, to really live, to live eternal life in ordinary times.” It is in those times, the ordinary times, that we are called to draw close to Christ. What makes those moments meaningful is the Presence of Christ with us in the middle of them. For us to learn to live well in ordinary time is to stay in company with Christ and to realize how He actually delights to be with us!!
It gives me great hope and peace to realize in the deepest part of me, that wherever I go, I do not go alone. Anything that comes at me has to first go through Jesus, my dearest friend. Standing between others and me is the Presence of Jesus all the time. He is with me, and He is in me! There is always hope in my ordinary moments.
When Jesus was on earth , He was personal and He was in the moment with those around Him. He was intensely personal, and He lived life with his neighbors. He did small things in personal ways and was specific.
God has been doing a work in me. He always is. But something is different, I cannot exactly put my finger on what He has done. He is showing me how to live in the small moments and take things one step at a time.
To me, this is phenomenal. For years, I was always a fixer. If you had a problem, I fixed it. I am learning to trust Him. I am learning to live in the moments and to relish life. Maybe some of it is my age, but I am learning to look at the moment and ask God what He wants me to do.
It may be that I just encourage a student with a smile and a silent prayer. It may be a life lesson or some words of wisdom. It may be to notice a hurting person and to reach out and comfort them.
Moment by moment, one person at a time. Who are I to reach out to? Is it time for me to sit on a bench and commune with Daddy God?
I pray that we all learn to live in the moment and to appreciate the moment instead of just rushing through life.
Notice the sunset. Notice the sunrise. Look at the Milky Way and the beautiful night sky. Notice the flowers that are blooming. And, my, my, my, notice the beautiful people around you, your family, your neighbor, the homeless guy on the corner, the frazzled single mom…
Jesus died for them to, and they are all a part of His precious creation. Take a moment and reach out and touch someone with His Love.
The Great Commission can be walked out one person at a time one moment at a time. Never despise small beginnings, or small endings. It is all for the Glory of God. And, a relationship with Him is the most important thing.