One of the things that I think we run into with faith is that we just feel like what we do doesn’t matter. Some of us may serve in our local church, or we may take an occasional mission trip or do something, that in our mind, feels “big.”
But, for most of us, our faith feels like an ordinary, day to day, common thing. We can feel like sometimes we aren’t “doing” enough. Or that we are not making an impact. Listen to what Paul writes this morning in 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8:
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
Paul is telling the folks here that their great acts of faithfulness are inspiring people the world over. Folks are hearing about what they are doing and it is inspiring them to be be more faithful, the preach and teach the word, to live for Jesus in all that they do.
Their lives have had that huge of an impact!
And what did they do? Nothing “huge.” They didn’t just were faithful. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t hard. They had some tough times. Some hard times. Some times of real trial and worry. They really did.
And they were faithful in that. They did their best in that. They were just faithful in small things, where God had them. And God used them. And God did amazing things in them and through them.
Today, don’t worry about the big things. Worry about the little things. Be faithful in that. And God will bless it. And use it. And great things will happen in that.
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