If you’re like me, maybe you long to do BIG things for God. Important things. Things that make a profound difference in the world.
It’s tempting to think that the “big things” are things that involve ministering to hundreds of thousands or millions of people. It’s tempting to assume that if I am not impacting large numbers of people each day, what I am doing for the Lord is insignificant.
It is important to reach many people. If God provides me with an assignment to do this, may I do it faithfully and in the power of His Spirit.
But the little things I do for people are big things in God’s Kingdom, too.
The little things I do for neighbors, coworkers, friends, and people around me, are the essentials. This is how we daily show the love of Christ and build the kingdom. In fact, they may be even MORE important than the things we often think of as “big” things.
I don’t want to be deceived here and throw up my hands and assume I don’t get a role in God’s kingdom because I am not a super visible member of the Body of Christ. Every one of us is essential to build up the body and bless it and help it function in healthy ways.
We aren’t all called to be in the limelight. We are not all Billy Graham. Or Paul. Or Deitrich Bonhoeffer.
Many times, God purposely calls us to obscurity. To do the seemingly “small” things.
Will I humble myself and embrace “unimportant” opportunities to serve Christ and love people? Will I be faithful, even then?
What if “small things” like these make an immeasurable eternal impact? What if the little things really are the big things in God’s kingdom? These are the things that matter most to God. My motives, my heart, my words, and my actions.
With My Kids
- Slowing down to take time to pour into my children by reading the Bible with them, discussing what we read, and praying with them each morning or each evening.
- Rocking my baby and taking care of her physical needs.
- Teaching my children God’s ways, explaining His wisdom, and teaching them to discern right from wrong.
- Doing something small with each of my children that they love—just to connect with them.
- Turning down a great job opportunity to be there for my child who needs more support in this season.
With My Husband
- Loving and respecting my husband in good times and in bad.- Being committed to God’s design for my marriage.
- Being there for my husband in the mornings and evenings to snuggle and bless him.
- Turning down a great job opportunity to be there for my husband who needs/wants my support.
With My Family
- Managing my own household well—doing chores, keeping things neat and orderly, feeding my family physically.
- Setting a beautiful, holy example of love, life, speech, faith, purity, and self-control for my family and those around me (by the power of the Holy Spirit).
- Sitting up all night with a sick spouse or child.
- Hugging my husband and kids, giving back rubs, being affectionate.
- Smiling! A lot.
- Infusing the joy of the Lord into my home and family through my example.
- Standing up to address sin by speaking the truth in love. Not cowering in fear and not repaying evil with evil.
- Loving my children’s friends.
- Taking opportunities to share Christ with my kids’ friends and their families, and others one-on-one.
- Checking on lonely neighbors.
- Texting friends to check on them and pray for them.
- Taking a casserole over when someone from work, church, or the neighborhood is sick or grieving.
- Sitting and crying with someone who is mourning and praying for them.
- Reacting calmly in a crisis and being steady and dependable.
- Being trustworthy, kind, and compassionate with those closest to me.
- Mentoring one wife.
- Being a godly friend to one woman or a few women.
- Reaching out to a friend, relative, or stranger who is in need to share out of our abundance.
- Giving a gift anonymously to bless someone who is having a hard time (with my husband’s approval).
- Singing praise songs to God with my family.
- Spending time alone with God to love Him, get to know Him better, and invite Him to transform my heart, mind, and life.
- Praying in private for God’s will and praying His Word and promises into the world.
- Repenting of any sin in my own life, allowing God to refine and purify me.
These “small things” done in love last for all eternity.
As we lay down our lives as “living sacrifices” to the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2), He gives us the ability and power to determine His will for us. His good, pleasing, and perfect will. He can show us our assignments. The big ones and the small ones.
Honestly, we all usually have a whole lot more seemingly “small” assignments than we do big ones. And if we can’t be faithful in small things, God will never entrust us with bigger things.
As we draw nearer to God, He helps us to see that every assignment the Lord gives us matters and is important in His eyes and in His kingdom. We never know which little act of kindness, thoughtfulness, compassion, grace, mercy, or love may change a person’s life and transform the world for God’s glory.
- So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31
- The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Gal. 5:6
All He asks is that we be faithful, loving Him with all our hearts and loving others with His love.
She who is faithful in little will be faithful in much.
May we delight in any ministry opportunities the Lord provides and may we be a blessing to those the Lord places in our path.
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.Matt. 10:42
Much love, dear sisters!
Please give us eyes to see the little opportunities all around us to be Your mouth, hands, and feet. Love people near us with Your love in us. Minister to them through our words and compassion. Let Your Spirit help us to see the moments You give us to make an eternal impact in the everyday activities of life. Help us to be faithful to You and use us to impact this world for Your kingdom in our little circles doing whatever You call us to do to bless others.