You might wonder why I’ve spent so much time lately writing about my one word and one verse for 2014.
Well, it is mainly because of something my pastor has been saying over and over again lately. Which is this:
It’s often the SMALL things that no one sees that result in the BIG things the everyone wants. ~ Craig Groeschel, LifeChurch.tv
In other words, it is the seemingly small, disciplined thoughts and actions that make the biggest difference.
Getting Started Is NOT a Small Thing
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… Zechariah 4:10 NLT
The encouragement above was directed toward a man named Zerubbabel who laid the foundation for the new temple after the one Solomon built was destroyed by the Babylonians. Rebuilding the temple was a HUGE job and laying the foundation was only a small part of the work to be done. However, the Lord praised Zerubbabel because He knew that getting started is often the hardest part.
Like I explained in Forget Human Reasoning and Trust God, I often fail to start because I think my efforts won’t be enough in quantity or quality.
If I don’t think I can finish, I hold back.
If I fear failure, I never begin.
However, it is often only after we start that the Lord steps in to help us finish.
If you look back, again, at John Chapter 6 where Jesus challenges the disciples to feed the 5000. You’ll notice that it was an impossible task for them to complete alone. If they could have done it on their own, they wouldn’t have needed Jesus and they wouldn’t have learned to rely on Him.
You’ll also notice that they had to make a small start before Jesus got involved. They began with five small loaves and two small fish.
The Lord says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for I rejoice to see the work begin.”
With a small beginning, He can build a temple. He can FEED thousands of people. So, make no mistake about it, small things make a big difference.
Small Beginnings Will Lead to Bigger Finishes
The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:21 NLT
What you and I are doing may seem small right now, but the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. And…once we’ve been faithful in the small things, He will give us more to be responsible for.
I’ve started to copy Jesus. I’ll admit it is a small start, but I know the Lord is faithful. He’ll honor and rejoice in my small beginning because He knows I can’t finish it alone.