October 8, 2019
In my book, Hope Against Hope, I shared this scripture with a story about a little youth camp I was taking our youth band to so they could lead worship. I shared that there were many frustrations over actually getting a band there to do it. I shared how a friend suggested I just cancel, and how I believed God was saying for me to be faithful with the little camp He had entrusted to me. I also said that I don’t necessarily think I will be leading big things, but that it was just a principle He was pointing me to.
As I sit here and read this scripture again…as I look at the ministry opportunities God has given me as recent as today…I know He is actually preparing me for the big things. Not the big events with many people, but rather the one on one conversations with a broken heart – those are big things to Him. In His upside down kingdom, the one person is the big thing. I have to laugh that I haven’t seen this before. Of course one person is a big thing to Him. He is the one who leaves the 99 to go after the one. Why? Because one soul, one life, one person is a really big deal to Him. One person should be a really big deal to us too.
I sat at coffee this morning across the table from a woman who has been set free from a horrible past. With tears in her eyes she thanked me for being open and honest about my own struggles. She thanked me for making her feel “welcome” in the church. Why? Because her past experiences told her that she had to be perfect in order to come. She stopped going to church because she felt like she was too much of a mess. And every person she saw in leadership “had it all together”. Only they didn’t, and they were too afraid to let anyone know. So, God gave me a chance to be faithful with our youth band at camp so He would know that I could be trusted with the big thing of this woman’s heart. And I am honored and humbled that He would even want to use me. I can only pray that I handled her heart well, and that I will do the same for every heart He brings to me in the future.
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Lord, help me to really understand that the little things are the big things. Help me to really grasp that You care about each individual person, each precious heart, and help me to care about them too. Give me opportunity to be faithful in the small things, and I will trust You to show me how to be faithful in the big things as well. Change my heart so I can reach theirs. In Jesus name, Amen.
Be Still –
Now just sit quietly with God, think about the scripture you read, re-read it if need be. Spend the rest of the 15 minutes just being with God