Small Things

The mission of God is always expanding.  It always gets bigger.  It always pulls more and more people into the movement that God is doing.  It starts small, with one person. But one person, one faithful person, they can change more things that you or I could ever imagine.

Listen to what God tells Isaiah today in Isaiah 49: 5-6:

5 And now the Lord says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
6 he says,
‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’

countryside-1838591_960_720Isaiah says that he was formed in the womb to be a servant of the Lord.  He has a mission, he has a calling.  To go to Israel, to tell them that the Lord is going to restore them.  He is going to bring them back home.  He is going to restore what has been taken.

The Lord will redeem His people. That’s Isaiah’s mission.

But notice what it says in verse 6.  It’s not just Israel that is Isaiah’s mission.  It’s all the world.  Because as he is a light to Israel, Israel will be a light to the world.  As he is able to call Israel back to God, Israel will call the world back to God.

That’s how faithfulness works.  One act of faithfulness leads to the next and the next and the next.  As Isaiah is faithful, it will help Israel be faithful.  And as Israel is faithful, it will help the world be faithful.

And it all starts with one person.  It all starts with one act.  It all starts with one.

Today, don’t worry about doing something big and grand and bold.  Be faithful in the small things.  And the small things will lead to the big things. And the big things change the world.

But those big things start small.

Today, be faithful in small, maybe even in unseen, things.  Be faithful there. And watch.  Watch what God does.  God what God does in small things.  Because small things turn into big things. And through small things, God will change the world.

He did it through Isaiah.  He wants to do it through each of us.

Today, may we be faithful in these small things.

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