Do Something Small
I want to challenge you to do something small for God. In Matthew 10:42, Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”
There is a reason many people never do anything for God: they want to do something big, so they never do anything at all.
You might have watched a documentary about the refugee crisis, but because you don’t see how you could help in a significant way, you move on. Maybe God wants you to act by spending an hour every day in desperate prayer. Or it could be as simple as financially supporting those who are already making a difference.
We often write these options off as insignificant and just do nothing instead. But what we should be saying is, “God, look at all these people who have such great need. What step do want me to take right now in response to that?”
God gave me a vision to plant a church in the inner city of Amsterdam. I really felt that He wanted me to do something like that - it was a conviction in my heart from God.
So what did I do? I started a Bible study in my apartment with four people, two of whom were a bit crazy and didn’t understand what was going on half the time. We didn’t have any drums or a PA system, so we used a cardboard box and drummed on that. During our worship time, people looked in from the window of the apartment across the street and thought we were nuts.
Still, I saw in my mind that God wanted to raise something up in Amsterdam. I had to be willing to do the small thing so God could do the big thing. Many of us have grand visions about what we’ll accomplish for God, but we will never see it happen because we’re not willing to take those first, seemingly insignificant steps.
I’m in a band, and I meet many people who want to make music for God. They want to do it for thousands or to praise God in stadiums. So God says to them, “Okay, start playing in this little worship band in your church.” And they respond, “I don’t want to play in that funny, little worship band in our church!”
I hear people say, “I feel God wants me to talk to people about Jesus, to preach to large groups of people. God has called me to preach to the multitudes.” Well, if that’s true, then go out into the street and do it! You say, “God has called me to teach”? Well then, start a Bible study group in your house!
You see, it won’t happen unless we are willing to start small and foolishly. If we’re not prepared to be in those simple, little drama groups or silly, little bands, then we will not see the things God wants to do in our lives. He wants to get the glory for what we do - and that’s why He asks us to do the small things. In Galatians 3:3 it says, “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
So, ask God what little, seemingly insignificant thing you can do for Him now. The amazing thing about doing something small for God is that it becomes great. It’s not a burdensome or religious task, but it will instead bring joy to your life.
It is in the small stuff that God will accomplish great things in our lives, if we are willing to give Him the glory.