Secret Number 7
MAKE IT SIMPLE
Make yourself easy to impress; appreciate the âlittle favoursâ and jump for joy over them. You will realise, sooner or later, that the favours were not little after all.
âWho despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of ZerubbabelâŚ.â
Did you know that worshipping God for the little favours is the sure way to forestall one of the most depraved characters of man, namely, the endless sensual craving for more? And did you know that insatiable sensual craving is a very powerful invalidating agent regarding enthusiasm in worship?
Think Big But Despise Not The Little
At one time Jesusâ disciples seemed to have preoccupied their mind with pompous thoughts of power. They jostled for power around Him. The Lord cut them back. This is what the Bible records,
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, âWhoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you allâhe is the greatestâ.
The above scripture shows that the Lord pays attention to the least things around Him. We donât have to be the greatest in the popular manners of the world to be recognised by the Lord. Greatness in what we are doing for the Lord Jesus is not measured by its magnificence but by its significance. And this significance does not necessarily pay tribute to grandeur. Christ made it clear that things donât have to be magnificent to be significant. At any rate, things that usually elude the attention of men are the very things that allure the attention of God.
We must not wait until we are overwhelmed by Godâs magnificence before we worship Him.
If Christ Himself would be mobilised by âlowâ things, how much more should we be mobilised by the âlittle favoursâ and small accomplishments He usually brings our way? In Luke 15 verse 7 and 10, the Bible records that one repentant soul would set heaven ablaze with merriment. If heaven can have a cause to rejoice in this manner, how much more should we call parties to celebrate the one soul that was saved the other day, for example?
If we search the heart of God in the Scripture, we would realise that there are divine magnifying and amplifying devices that God uses as He looks at the things we do for His glory. We must not be deceived by the size of our calling or accomplishments. The smaller it is, the more attention God gives it. In fact, it is easier to manage a small thing than a gigantic assignment. We donât have to accomplish something big or be engaged in a big ministry before we get excited in and with what we are doing for God.
Our devotion to the call of God in our lifeâits level in the human rating notwithstandingâis a key to unlock excitement that in turn buoys us up in worship.
Christ made it clear that things donât have to be magnificent to be significant. At any rate, things that usually elude our attention are the very things that allure the attention of God.
There are some little things we can do âwithout much effortâ. After doing them, we can go âwildâ with excitement, gratitude and contentment as we worship God for having enabled us register an achievement. In the next sub topic, we will see some few examples of the little things that people donât even think about as âseriousâ areas of ministry and fulfilment.
The Bible exhorts us that whatever we do, whether in word or deed, we must do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Col. 3:17). Anything done in the name of the Lord Jesus is done to the glory of God. Glorifying God is an act of worship. If we determine that in everything we do and say, our goal would be to glorify God, we would be worshipping Him at all times.
When you welcome or give water to a child in the name of Jesus (Matt. 18:5, 25:34-40) be extremely glad that you have ministered to the Lord Himself. Excite yourself into His presence and worship Him for having allowed you to minister to Him.
Simple But Important Ministries
From what we have seen above, let me pick on some practical trivial things that can help us train our lives to be sources of praise and worship round the clock.
The following are some of the simple things that people donât even think of as important yet they mean a lot to the Lord Jesus and to people we are in contact with:
As you go out in the morning, ask God to enable you put a smile on someoneâs face. There is nothing as easy to give as a smile. Smiles are, in most cases, contagious. As you meet that stranger, wear a bright countenance, seek eye contact then offer a broad contagious smile. Chances that you will get a smile back are high. If it is not coming out easily, see how to âforceâ one. If you do get one back, rejoice that you have just made an accomplishment. You may not know how much you brighten peopleâs days by putting a smile on their faces. You may not tell how smile therapy can make people happy. And there are thousands of ways to put smiles on peopleâs faces.
Carry that little child in your arms, look her in the eyes and tell her that she is a masterpiece of God and that Jesus loves her and that you love her too. Impart blessings on that child. Give a smile, a....