‘Go big!’, ‘do something great’, ‘it’s insignificant, ‘reach out for the stars’, ‘he’s not capable’, ‘she’s too young’, ‘he is too weak in this’– don’t these phrases sound so familiar? We hear them all the time. But, God – the creator of heaven and earth, says something that is very different from all of this. This is what He says in Zechariah 4 : 10 – ‘Who dares despise the day of small things….?’.
Yes, if you’ve said or thought any of those statements for yourself or others – God is asking you, ‘Who dares despise the day of small things…?’
Through the length and breadth of the bible, from when God created man from ‘dust’ and when God used Jesus as a ‘young’ man to die for our sins – He was making one point clear. Small things are to be honoured and valued. It is these small things, the day of small things that brings out the glory in the finish.
Today, if you feel small or something you are doing seems small and insignificant, God is reminding you – He holds you and those small things done, according to His will, in high regard. The end result of you and all that God is doing through you will gain its very glory from their small beginnings, hopes and capabilities.
Beloved, today, about 2000 years after Jesus died, there are millions of people who believe that He is the promised Messiah. How many believed and followed Him when He was here on earth? 12? Even among them one betrayed him.
Small beginning, right? Just 11 men who believed that He indeed was and is the saviour of this world.
Don’t be discouraged with small and humble beginnings. When the assignment is from God, small beginnings are like the root of a tree; If not for these roots (small beginnings), the tree would never grow and bear fruit.
When Jesus’ disciples lacked faith to drive out demons from a boy, Jesus told them in Matthew 17:20, “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
That is it, Jesus wants us to begin by having faith, even as small as a mustard seed, to move a mountain. Assignments, plans and strategies that begin as small as a mustard seed is exactly what God uses to display His glory and power.
Don’t underestimate the small beginning that you have ventured into or even something that God is doing through someone else. In time to come, these will be the testimonies declared from the mountain top.
Nothing is impossible for God. If you’ve read the bible, you’d know by now that God has always turned ‘small hopes’ into big breakthroughs.
The little boy had only five loaves and two fishes. The disciples had no hope in it, yet the boy did. With his small hope, he gave it to Jesus. The same five loaves and two fishes fed five thousand men and even more women and children – with 12 baskets leftover.
During the reign of judges, God asked Gideon to fight Israel’s enemies who numbered in lakhs with just 300 men. Grim, small hope, right? But what happened? Who won the battle? Gideon and his 300 men!
No small hope placed on Jesus will ever fail. Even with the smallest hope, He is a God who can turn impossible situations into massive victories.
In Malachi 3 : 10, God says, ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” The principle that God is laying down here is that ‘you bring whatever you have to me, even if it is very small, and see what I can do with it’.
No wonder, the woman, who fed Prophet Elijah with her little and last bit of oil and flour, had a jar of oil that never ran dry and flour that never got over.
When the little shepherd boy, David, came forward to fight the huge philistine giant, and that too with a sling and a stone, people laughed. ‘He’s too small, what can he do’, they thought. What happened there? Well, the ‘little’ boy defeated the giant with one stone, in the name of the Lord.
God doesn’t need your abilities to accomplish the plans and purposes he has for you, but he does need your availability. He wants you to go to him with the ‘small abilities’ that you have to fulfil great things planned for you and His Kingdom.
Moses was an old man who stutters. Who would have thought God would call him from among many other well-built, well-spoken Israelite men to deliver Israel from Egypt? But God did. Moses had very less ability to speak and lead over 6 lakh men, and more women and children. But when He made himself available to God, God enabled him to lead the Israelites powerfully out of Egypt and through the wilderness.
Bring your small abilities to the God, His strength that works powerfully in you will turn the same weakness into your strength – and this will result in glory and honour to God!
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1 : 27
Don’t despise small things, they bring glory and honour to God!
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