The Lie of Big
It seems to me a major ploy and deception of our ultimate adversary, the evil one, is the lie of big. It is a tactic designed to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the years ahead and on the major things which need to be accomplished. In doing so, however, we become so focused on the “big picture” that we forget the small strokes that paint it. Too often, the “lie of big” tends to paralyze us and keep us from pursing the small steps which are in front of us now.
The truth of small.
Have you ever noticed how often Jesus chose to teach and live out the truth of small? Think about how many times Jesus focused on the present and on who was right in front of Him. Think of how many times He spoke of such things as: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” and “Give us today our daily bread.” He taught about “mustard seeds,” “a cup of cold water,” and “two very small copper coins.” Jesus also taught, “’Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’”
We would do well to learn first to be faithful in the small items of our lives. It was Jesus who said in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” How about being faithful in a few small things? How about in your next conversation try leaning in and actually listening to the other person? How about being kind to those in your family before trying to rescue refugees? Instead of waiting for our complete transformation at the end of this life, we can begin to take baby steps today in order to walk as Jesus walks.
Do you want to change the world? Do you want to become a spiritual giant? Do you want to help effect major, positive Kingdom and cultural accomplishments? Then maybe you can start today with the small things. Try really paying attention to and being interested in the next person you meet. How about saying a kind word to someone? Send a note to someone who is lonely. Give Jesus your 5 loaves and 2 fishes.