It's in the Small Stuff
The most crucial moments in our walks with Jesus are in the moments that no one sees. It’s easy to get hyped up in the crowds of people when everyone seems to be following Christ. But choosing to say yes to Jesus when you don’t get recognized is really what this Christian life is all about.
Christian living begins with surrender. It begins with laying down all your wants, dreams, and desires and allowing Jesus to have His way in your heart. That may not seem exciting to some people, as some may have the idea that is more torture. If you are believing that, then you’ve missed out on who God says He is. God is a good, loving, Father. He wants and knows what is best for us. He wants us to surrender everything to Him so He can show us the life He created us for (which will be the most fulfilling life you could ask for).
As Christianity begins with surrender, it also continues with surrender. Surrender is a continual laying down your life EVERY SINGLE DAY. The bible puts it this way:
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5:24,25a.
“Let us keep in step with the Spirit”- As we step through each day, its God’s desire that we would keep in step with His heart and will for our lives, even if it means doing things that you will NEVER get recognition for, or doing things that seem so insignificant to the world.
Will you follow Jesus, even if there is no reward here on earth?
Will you follow Jesus without being recognized?
Will you follow Jesus in the moments that may seem small, but are huge in Gods eyes?
So, what does following Jesus truly mean?
Following Jesus means being a servant:
"Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
By us serving, we are following Jesus’ example left to us. Jesus lived and died to serve this world. As we give our lives to Him, we adopt that very same call. Whether in life or death, we live to serve.
The bible says God “opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6) It’s the humble that will be seen by God. It’s the humble who will see Gods favor on their life. When you’re serving God in the trenches, helping the forgotten and helpless people of the world, when you’re cleaning the church or scrubbing toilets, when you’re doing the work no one else wants to do- God sees those moments, and He is proud. Some of the most defining moments of my Christian walk are moments that were ‘God and I” moments. It was when I was doing something that seemed so insignificant, but God was using that moment to speak to my heart in a powerful way.
I want to encourage you today- follow Jesus with your whole heart. Follow Jesus with your whole being. This is something that is a daily process but will last a lifetime. Don’t ignore the “small” things because those small things may be huge in Gods eyes. And always remember, the most crucial moments are the moments that are just you and the Lord. It’s in those moments that will define your life forever.