Dear Friends in Christ,
“And again, Jesus said,
“To what should I compare the kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with
three measures of flour until all of it was leavened” (Luke 13:20-21).
It doesn’t always have to be big with flashing lights, surround sound, and blazing technology. It can start small. In fact, that’s how God’s economy often works, by taking what is small and growing it into something great.
Think about that little town of Bethlehem. Ruth, a foreigner, decides to accompany Naomi back to Bethlehem. Two women of faith, who struggle and suffer, only to be blessed by God. A few years later, while in Bethlehem, Samuel anoints Jesse’s youngest son, David, as the King of Israel, only after he makes his way (unsuccessfully) through all the older brothers first. And in the fullness of time, God comes to Bethlehem, incarnate, as an infant, born to a poor and humble mother. God has a way of taking what is small and growing it into something great.
So, what little things may God be calling you to do today? On my list of to-dos for today, there are a few small things.
- Read 1 Timothy chapter 5, and pray the Daily Texts
- Write 4 handwritten thank you notes
- Call and pray with someone who is sick
- Finish this short e-mail blast devotion
Just a few small things to do, but when we do those small things again and again over time, those small habits and actions can grow into something great. Think about it.
What happens when you read and reflect on Scripture and pray every day? You will become a person who is grounded in Prayer and God’s Word.
What would happen if you wrote 4 handwritten thank you notes every day? You will build a culture of generosity in your church and community?
What might occur if you called and prayed with someone every day? You will bring hope and the promise of God’s presence.
What happens when you finish your e-mail blast on time? You will bring a smile to Caroline Guy, our Coordinator of Communications and Technology. And you want to make her smile, because Caroline is amazing, and we are grateful to serve with her.
It doesn’t always have to be big with flashing lights, surround sound, and blazing technology. It can start small, or as Jesus reminds us, it can be as simple as a little bit of yeast, working its way through three measures of flour until everything is leavened.
So, may you go. Go and do the little things. Go and practice the small things. God and be God’s yeast. Knowing and trusting that God will take what is small and grow it into something great.