There is something beautiful about tiny. Tiny toes. Tiny artwork. Tiny plants. Tiny frogs. Everything just seems cuter or more impressive when done in miniature.
Benjamin and I are big dreamers. We want to change things, fix problems, and just make a really big impact on the world, especially for Christ.
But we aren’t doing that. At least it doesn’t feel like it. Benjamin goes to his IT job and fixes printers all day. I stay home washing endless dishes. On Sunday we go to church and teach a grand total of two kids in Sunday School. This blog sometimes only reaches a handful of people.
Yeah, what a big impact…
Do you ever wonder how much all the little things you do even matter? I struggle with this all the time. I ask God to let me do big things, and sometimes He does, but other times He keeps giving me jobs that just require hard work with few visible results. Why? I always wonder. Isn’t this just a waste of time?
There’s a hymn that speaks to this that’s by Kittie Suffield. It says, “Little is much, when God is in it.”
Little is much…
Here’s the thing. If you think about it, everything we do is small. It’s what God does that is big. Even Paul, who we see as doing crazy big things for God said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). He’s saying that, sure, they did the work God asked them to, but nothing at all would have come of it if God hadn’t worked through it.
If we get to do amazing things in this life, like maybe serving as a missionary, leading lots of people to Jesus, giving enough money to rebuild a city, or ending abortion, then it is God who causes any kind of anything to happen. Like Philippians 4:17 says, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Plus, God cares about obedience. If He calls us to small things, He is pleased with our obedience. When He calls us to big things, He is pleased with our obedience. It’s all about seeing Him as a God to be served without hesitation, not about competing for the biggest jobs. He designed each of us uniquely to be a part of the same big work in different ways.
I mean, look at 1 Corinthians 10:31! “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We eat and drink all the time! Just about the only thing less interesting and unique is breathing. Yet, even in our eating and drinking (and actually breathing) we can bring glory to the One who created us and who chose to save us! That’s huge!
And, even more amazing, He blesses us for our obedience! When Paul was in prison, people from the church in Philippi were just sending Paul some of the things he needed. I would imagine they were things like food or clothes or blankets. It probably felt pretty small to anyone looking for something important to do, but in Philippians 3:16, Paul said to them that those things would be “fruit that abounds to your account.” They would be rewarded by God for those things.
Sometimes, even in the little things we do, God chooses to do big, unbelievable things through them. Sometimes the little things we do have only a little impact. Sometimes God calls us to do stupendous things for Him. But it is always about Him and we have only to be faithful servants no matter what.
So when we feel like what we do doesn’t matter, that it might not even be worth it, let’s remember the power of God to “give the increase,” and remember Galatians 6:11.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all…”