WHAT TO DO?

Not only can little things lead to ruin, as we saw in yesterday’s devotion, but they can also lead to reward. Our Lord taught that giving a little “cup of cold water” to “little ones” would not go unrewarded by Him (Matthew 10:42). Furthermore, He taught that faithfulness “in a very little” would result in no little reward (Luke 19:17).

A large oak comes from a little acorn. All the music heard in the world today comes from twelve little notes. And all the masterpieces seen in the world today come from six little colors.

You never know what spiritual significance or eternal consequence may come out of your faithfulness to God in small things. Whereas we can count the number of seeds in an apple, only God can count the number of apples in a little seed.

In 1858, a Sunday School teacher named Edward Kimball led a young Boston shoe clerk to Jesus Christ. The young shoe clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became a famous evangelist. In England in 1879, Moody awakened evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. Meyer came to America and while preaching on an American college campus, won a student to Christ named J. Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, while engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player named Billy Sunday to do evangelistic work. Sunday, after becoming a famous evangelist, held a successful revival in Charlotte, North Carolina. Afterward, a group of businessmen were so enthusiastic that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing to Charlotte the well-known Jewish evangelist, Mordecai Hamm. During Hamm’s revival in Charlotte, a young man came forward and gave his life to Jesus Christ. The young man’s name was Billy Graham.

All of this came from a Sunday School teacher’s faithfulness to witness to a young man he was burdened for in his Sunday School class. It may have appeared at the time to be a very small thing, but it turned out to be of immense importance. When he went that fateful day long ago to share his faith with a young Boston shoe clerk, Edward Kimball had no idea of how God was about to use him to impact our world for Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches us that Christ is often found in small and ordinary things rather than in spectacular and extraordinary things! For instance, it was not in the mighty wind, earthquake or fire that the Prophet Elijah found God, but in the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13). Likewise, it was not in Jerusalem, the celebrated place, but in Galilee, the common place, where the disciples were told they would find the resurrected Christ (Matthew 28:7).