“Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 4:11
Have you ever started a hobby in hopes to have results like those who do the same type of hobby? Maybe it’s crocheting, needle point, painting, wood working, gardening, or you name it. You admire the beautiful results and want the same in your home.
But as you start you find out you have to start at the basics. A simple stitch, a crocheted potholder, simple brush strokes or a birdhouse. You might think that’s too easy; you want the more complicated patterns or designs. You don’t want the stepping stones, you’d rather jump ahead to the end, to the grand scale of things.
Remember the Tower of Babel? They didn’t just want a small tower; they wanted a grand tower. Since then think of all the things we have made on a grand scale. The Statue of Liberty, Great Wall of China, the world’s largest ball of twine. Think about some of the ‘grand scales’ you’ve seen in your travels.
I think we sometimes look at our spiritual lives the same way. We want to praise and serve God, but we feel it can only happen in a big grand way. We feel we aren’t serving God if we can’t pray like Daniel, have faith like Esther or preach like Paul. So, we will either rush ahead trying to do too much too soon taking on challenges we’re not ready for or we stay in the back to timid to try. Facing your spiritual life have you ever wished like David, you would be known as a person after God’s own heart?
When you feel your spiritual walk will never measure up to those in the Bible take a moment to look at their stories, their walks they went through. Esther faced death at the hands of her own husband. David’s prayers cost him a night with the lions. Paul faced many trials and imprisonment. God may have used them in a grand way, but their trials were just as big.
The good news is God calls us all, but He calls us all in different ways, some big and some small. You may not be able to reach people through songs or preaching or even through how much you pray and that’s okay, it’s not what God asks. All He asks if that we do what we can big or small to reach the next generation. He wants us all to help generations to come to not forget who He is, Deuteronomy 4:9.
We might feel we need to do grand things to honor God and for some God has given that talent but from everyone He only asks us to be faithful even in the smallest things, Luke 16:10.
Just like our newfound hobby where we have to start with the basics, our spiritual walk needs to be the same. Too often we are in a hurry and want to wisdom now, be mature now, serve God in a mighty way now, be admired, be sought after, be respected.
Like an apple tree that takes a year to produce ripened delicious fruit we need to be patient and let our walk with God grow as He wants. We can’t tie already ripe apples to the branches hoping it will be enough. Those apples will lose their glory because they have no connection to the tree.
True spiritual lives grow over time and we don’t need to glorify God only in a grand scale way. All we need to do is be a light for Jesus and live like Him, Matthew 5:16, and God will use us in a way He needs us.
“Don’t spend your time looking for the miraculous and miss the reality of His ever-present nearness.” -Patsy Clairmont.
Instead of looking to serve the Lord on a grand scale, let God teach you how to be faithful in small ways and be patient as He helps you along towards maturity. Use the gifts God gave you faithfully, and that will bring glory to God.
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