There are few places in life where it seems anything associated with the word little is appreciated. And while our culture and this world tend to only see the big things, the grand, the outlandishly oversized as important to regard, the Bible continually teaches us that those things that we consider to be little, mean so much more.
For instance, Psalm 37:16 lets us know, “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” It’s all a matter of where value is placed. The values that the righteous man has within him because of his relationship with God far exceed the value of things, stuff, and money many wicked together can possess. Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven . . .” (Mt. 6:19-20). Little possessions may not account for much here, but a heart rich in Jesus is worth so much more, here, and in heaven.
Another thing our culture celebrates is the idea of success, especially what appears to be an instant or overnight success. In an age where clicks to like can boost an “influencer’s” reputation or clout, it Is not hard to imagine the rise of some to happen so quickly. And yet, the Bible asks this in Zechariah: “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (4:10).
All success is not bad. In fact, we are encouraged many times in the Bible to work, work hard, and put in full effort. But what is bad is the worship of success and the comparison trap it can bring. The groundwork of what God wants to do in your life is going to need an awesome foundation, and any good foundation takes time to build.
Clicks, likes, and human recognition may not have you shooting ahead fast as lightning, but your progress in God, your progress in what and how He is leading you to build, is worth so much more, even if it takes a little bit longer.
A little in God’s kingdom can do mighty works. And the Bible teaches us “if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed” (Lk. 17:6; Mt. 17:20, and 21:21), you can do amazing things. It’s not always about increasing, as the disciples once asked (Lk. 17:5), it’s about working with what you presently possess. And if what you presently possess is not much, God can multiply that if you just will use your little bit.
With God, size doesn’t matter, but source does. If you look at what you have and you depend on that as your source, that is not faith – God’s not interested in that. But if He’s your authentic, true-enough source; if it is to Him you are raising your eyes to heaven, with your two fish and five little loaves (Mt. 14:17-19) – now, that kind of reliant faith is something He can work with.
Friends, I have only touched the tip of the iceberg here to teach you that with God, a little means a whole lot. But I hope it’s enough to encourage you to stop comparing where you are with another’s progress. Don’t let discouraging thoughts discount the value in you. You are important. What you have is important, no matter how any other views it, even if it appears to only be a little.
“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30:24-28
Little things can make a big difference.
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