By S.C. Shaw
The Christian needs to be more focused on the little things in our day, because that is what consumes our minds more than anything. Let me define “little things” first. I’m talking the boring, mundane, the unnoticed, and the seemingly unimportant things that happen on the day to day. These are the things that will reveal your true faith in Christ.
Most of us will not be of much importance in the world’s eyes. We won’t cure diseases or become famous. Most our names won’t be known for our great work in the world, but Christ knows and sees all we do at every moment we do it. Therefore, we need to glorify God in all we do from the moment we step off our bed in the morning to the moment we lay down at night. Praising Him for His common graces on the world, as well as the much bigger graces He has shown to His children.
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? There are a million little things that come across our days that will either give us the opportunity to glorify God or shame our faith. But we rarely take notice of these things. We are overly focused on the big things alone. The big sins, the big project, the next church service, the missions trip you’ve been planning for months. All the while we’ve neglected our own bible reading, refraining from gossip, averting our eyes from lust, or just simply overly self-focused. I’m not minimizing all the big “good” things that we do to glorify God, but church services and mission trips are not the only times we glorify God and live like a disciple of Christ.
So what do we do? Pointing out the problem is easy. How do we refocus our hearts to set our eyes to Christ so much so that our “little” sins become bigger things and our “big” sins become more obsolete? Practice makes perfect. Like Paul refers to the athletes training and discipline it takes to be ready for their sport. How much more should our every day be enveloped by the things of God. Don’t wait till you finally feel ready to do a good work for Christ. Don’t wait for those big opportunities to glorify God. The big things will mean very little unless the little things are made real big. Not neglecting the big things, but seeing all things as big things: Sin, service, giving, other people, our thoughts, our hearts and God. All things that can seemingly be small in our minds while less important things consume us all day, everyday.
As you start to focus on the small things, you’ll fail much, but never give up. You’ll get better and better until it becomes habit to react well, through the power of the Holy Spirit to honor God in all you do.
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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!