Small & Great

Big black pawn surronnded by four little chess kings isolaged on white backgroundIn our culture, we don’t always connect great with small. I do like that computer storage that once took a warehouse is now the size of a pack of gum (almost)! Sometime great things come in small packages. I must confess that if given a choice of a large mystery package or a small mystery package, I usually choose the bigger one.

The scene is taking place in heaven. John is still blown away by what he is seeing and hearing. Nevertheless, he is writing it down and doing his best to describe all that is happening. Trumpets blowing, people worshipping God – he has quite a challenge. He quotes the 24 elders as they bow in worship. Check this out…

15 The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying,

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom
of our Lord and of his Christ,
and he will reign forever and ever.

16 The twenty-four elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell facedown and worshiped God, 17 saying,

We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty,
who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry,
but your wrath has come.
The time has come
for the dead to be judged
and to give the reward
to your servants the prophets,
to the saints, and to those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and the time has come to destroy
those who destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:15-18 CSB)

I love those three little words: small and great. I feel like I fit into that “small” category for sure. I’ve been a follower of the Lord since I was in 3rd grade. I needed lots of grace and mercy along the way – but the Lord is famous for that.  I’m still walking out my faith each day and I don’t need to be noticed by others. I don’t need accolades or “pats on the back”. I am striving for a reward that is unseen and way bigger than notoriety here on earth. I want to be known as someone who “fears the name of the Lord” – a profound respect for the Lord. I seek Him and worship Him daily. I walk with Him and talk with Him daily. I want to live today with my eye on eternity. The way I live my life for Him will outlast any other thing I can do. I want to be known as a man who sought the heart of God each day. It’s only because of the grace He has poured out on me during the journey that helped bring me to his place. #thankful

I believe that on that day there will be some great prophets, teachers & preachers bowing before the Lord in worship and I get to be part of that – Wow! I get to worship alongside some heroes of mine – Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Elijah, King David, Jeremiah, Peter, Martin Luther King, Jr., Zig Ziglar, Billy Graham and many more. They are great in my eyes and I’m small – but just to be there! #humbled

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Small But Significant

 

The new Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan SkylineI grew up in a small town in Kentucky. The mailing address when I was a kid was simply Casey Creek, KY 42723. If you put my name and that “city”, state and zip, it would get to me. Everybody knew everybody in the small town. Everybody also knew everybody’s business. The local post office has since been closed and the small town is just about extinct, but my memories and roots of growing up in that small town are still very much alive. The values that I caught from my parents and neighbors will live on through me, as well as generations of my family after me.

Micah, the prophet told of something special happening from the smallest clans of Israel. It’s a sneak peak into Jesus coming on the scene. Check this out….

2 ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

    though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me

    one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

    from ancient times.’

4 He will stand and shepherd his flock

    in the strength of the Lord,

    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

And they will live securely, for then his greatness

    will reach to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:2,4 NIV)

Jesus’ presence on the earth changed everything. He was born of a virgin and raised in a carpenters shop. He came here with a mission and he accomplished it. No one thought that someone that significant could come from a small town of Bethlehem.

I believe that the Lord can take the smallest and most insignificant person and use them in the most powerful ways. In fact, I believe that He does some of His best work in people who are humble and obedient. He can use them the way He wants to and they have laid down their ego, which is often a huge roadblock.

Little towns become big when the Lord is the Lord of them. Oh little town of Bethlehem became world renown as the birthplace of Jesus. I want my heart to be a humble and obedient place where the Lord can do great things for His Kingdom. I don’t want myself to be noticed, I want the Lord inside my heart to be noticed. He can do great things with a simple committed heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Small Things

inspectorI usually like big things. I like big buildings – big car – big paycheck – big bank account. You get the picture. There are many things that are big that are good. There are also lots of small things that can be really big. I remember getting a small package for a gift and having someone remind me “big things sometimes come in small packages”. The Proverb writer reminded me of this truth as well. Check this out….

24 ‘Four things on earth are small,

    yet they are extremely wise:
25 ants are creatures of little strength,

    yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 rock badgers are creatures of little power,
 
   yet they make their home in the rocks;
27 locusts have no king,

    yet they advance together in ranks;
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,

    yet it is found in kings’ palaces. (Proverbs 30:24-28 NIV)

 

I am not a fan of any of these creatures. For the most part, I see them as a nuisance. They were created by God for some purpose – I’m just not sure why. J I do appreciate the writer reminding me that I can learn from these little creatures. When I think of humans in the presence of God, we are also very small. One big difference that separates us from other creatures is that we were made in God’s Image.

I want to be a wise man.

I want to be a good steward of my time.

I want to be a wise manager of the resources I’m blessed with.

I want to a man who has the very Heart of God beating in my chest.

I’d rather have wisdom from the Lord than all the wealth in the world. I want to recognize the brevity and “smallness” of this life and keep my eyes on the “big” eternal life that He promises.

Pressing On!
Dwayne