Weâ€™ve talked about the importance of focusing on spiritual things in theseÂ biblically predicted perilous times of the last days. Weâ€™ve talked aboutÂ focusing on our relationship with Christ in the here and now and aboutÂ focusing on our being rewarded by Christ in the hereafter. Letâ€™s turn our attention now to the importance of focusing on small things.
The Bible predicts an incredible â€œincreaseâ€ in â€œknowledgeâ€ at the end ofÂ time (Daniel 12:4). Knowledge is increasing today at such a phenomenalÂ speed that it doubles every other year. There is more knowledge posted onÂ the Internet in every 48 hours than was recorded from the beginning ofÂ history till the year 2003. Your cellphone not only gives you access to moreÂ information than is stored in the Library of Congress, but it also has moreÂ computing capacity than the Apollo 13 spacecraft.
In this incredible information age, events occurring on the other side of theÂ world can be communicated to us on our cellphones in an instant. It is asÂ though we hold the whole world in the palm of our hand. As a result, we notÂ only feel enabled to interface with the whole world, but empowered toÂ impact the whole world as well.
Despite the grandiose potential we perceive ourselves to possess inÂ todayâ€™s high tech Information Age, the actual sphere of influence for theÂ average person is a small place consisting of a few people. It is prettyÂ much confined to our home, church, workplace, and neighborhood. It isÂ pretty much restricted to our family, friends, and acquaintances.
Rather than taking in the whole worldâ€”25,000 miles aroundâ€”our life reallyÂ boils down to this place, this time, and the people immediately around usÂ right here and now. Itâ€™s important, therefore, that we understand this andÂ cut the world down to our size. Otherwise, weâ€™ll be constantly disappointedÂ by our failure to influence and change the whole world.