Today please find:
- Acts 26:22, Psalm 115:12-13
- Small Things Count by Phillip H. Barnhart
- Blog Candy ends Thursday...
Last week we read about "Believing Big!" We thought about not putting our own limitations on the Lord, and about living our lives by taking "Big Steps" to further the Lord's Kingdom. Did any of you take any "Big Steps" for the Lord? What did you do? If you did it again, was it easier the second time? Isn't Jesus Christ capable of handling any situation? Won't He stand with you when you act in faith? Yes, He is and Yes, He will! You can count on Him.
Today, I am not sharing about "Big Steps" but rather on how "Small Things Count." The following is taken from Quiet Moments in the Presence of God. This section was written by Phillip H. Barnhart, and it was published by Bethany House.
"Having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place." Acts 26:22
"When God asks you to do something for Him, your call might seem small. Often God asks you to do something quite unspectacular, minuscule in scope, and not particularly note-worthy. You want to play first violin, would even be willing to play second violin, but God asks you to pull the curtain.
Pulling the curtain is not at all what you had in mind. Nevertheless, be the best curtain puller you can be. The concert will not go on without you. When the orchestra members are seated and looking spiffy in their tuxedos and gowns, they can't be seen if you don't do your job. The maestro won't mount the podium and conduct the symphony without you.
Give what you have to God. In God's hands nothing is small."
This devotion reminds me of Joseph. Joseph always wanted to serve the Lord. He wanted to be obedient, and to honor the Lord. Joseph was his father's favorite son. Joseph was beat up over and over by his brothers. One day, they threw him in a pit. And said he had died. In reality, he was pulled out of the pit, and made a slave. Joseph toiled and toiled. He honored God, by doing the best that he could do in any job before him. One day, after many other trials, he was King of Egypt. You know it. He did the best that he could. Of course, I am really cutting this story short. But, the message is the same. Do your very best, whether you are asked to clean toilets or lead a service in church. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior is right there with you through all of it.
Think about your life. Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn't know what to say? Perhaps this happened at a funeral or when you were asked about the Gospel from a non-Christian. If you are unsure of yourself in these areas, simply pray, ask Him to give you the right words.
I am convinced that all of life's answers are either "pray," "read the Bible," or "Jesus Christ." I ask Him to guide me for the topic and the words to share for every post I write.
If you lack confidence in answering the question, be prepared, by reading your Bible daily, or use the Bible to show them the answer. And, if you lack knowledge or confidence, call on the name of the Lord! He is with you always. He will not leave nor forsake you. He is not only a valuable team member...He should be the Captain of your team! The Victory is His!
"The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless the house of Israel,
He will bless the house of Aaron,
He will bless those who fear the Lord--
small and great alike.
Psalm 115: 12-13
Are you ready to do any job for Jesus? Would you be like Joseph and honor the Lord with your actions? If asked, would you do anything that the Lord asked you to do? Would you clean toilets to the best of your ability? Will you do what He has already commanded us to do? Share the Gospel with others? (Whether they ask for it first, or not?) Count on the Lord to be there when you are given a job...large or small. You never know where it may lead! And, always try to do your best...it pleases Him.
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