By Steven Shaw
In thinking about what consumes a lot of our time on a daily basis, I realized it is the ‘little things’. Little things are the boring, mundane tasks in our daily lives- the unnoticed, and the seemingly unimportant things. These are the things that will reveal our true maturity and character in Christ.
Most of us will probably not be known for coming up with a cure for some disease, or winning a Nobel Prize; in other words in the world’s eyes we may not do or become something that is of paramount importance. That being said we must remember that Christ knows and sees all that we do at every moment. Therefore, we need to glorify God in all that we do from the moment we wake in the morning to the moment we lay our heads on our pillows at night. Praising Him for the ordinary, the mundane and for His common grace in it all is one of the keys to remaining in a place of gratitude and thanksgiving. And let’s not forget about the everyday stressors that can disrupt our peace and cause chaos in our lives.
How do you react when someone cuts you off while driving?
How do you treat your parents, spouse, teachers, or friends when no one is watching?
What goes through your mind when you see an attractive person?
How do you interact with others who at times you don’t really like?
There are a million little things that can happen in our daily lives that will either give us the opportunity to glorify God or not. The problem is we rarely take notice of these little things. We can become overly focused on the seemingly big things happening in our lives; the big sins, the big project, the next church service, the missions trip that you have been planning for months. All the while we’ve neglected our own Bible reading, refraining from gossip, averting our eyes from lust, and are consumed with our own selfish motives and agendas. I’m not minimizing all of the larger good things that we do that glorify God, but church services and missions trips, etc., are not the only times we glorify God and live like disciples of Christ.
So what do we do?
Pointing out the problem is easy. How do we refocus our hearts to set our eyes towards Christ so that the “little” things are more noticeable and the bigger things stay in their proper balance, as sin becomes more and more obsolete as we grow and mature in Christ? Practice makes perfect! Paul refers to athletes in training and stresses the discipline it takes to be ready for their sport. The race set before us requires faith, stamina, commitment, and discipline in order to live faithfully (1 Corinthians 9:25-26; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 6:12).
Being a top athlete for Christ demands that we do away with “everything that hinders”—sin and whatever else threatens our relationship with God (Hebrews 12:1) and anything that will slow us down or trip up us must be cast off. Paul also says “to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Even in the little things our ordinary daily lives should be enveloped by the things of God and our response of worship to Him for all that He has and continues to do in our lives. Don’t wait until you finally feel ready to do a good work for Christ. Don’t wait until those big opportunities come along to glorify God. The big things will mean very little unless we are free from the little things that hinder us and keep us ensnared. The big things will mean very little until we glorify him in the little ordinary good things that come along.
As you start to focus on the little things in your life, allow God to make the changes within you that He needs to change and you will get better and better at being able to identify those things that God wants to set you free from. As it becomes a habit to react well, through the power of the Holy Spirit continue to honor God in all that you do.
A few months back I started a little ministry through text messaging, which includes voice memos, texts, links to sermons and blogs. I started a Podcast to house all the voice memos I created. I would love to share them with all of you, and will continue to add more. The purpose of this is to help us to keep our eyes focused on Christ every single day. My prayer is that these types of messages will bless you and help you to grow in Christ.
If you’re interested in the Podcast, visit www.MisfitMinistry.com
Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
Contributing editor credit: Lisa M Johnston, Th.M. and Pastor/sozofreedom.com