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Small as a Mustard Seed

Father, let my praise of You be reflective of the medley the choir sang this morning!

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart;
I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made!”
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me.
Bless His holy name.
He has done great things,
Bless His holy name.

Matthew 13:31-32 (<<click the green)

A couple of things come to mind after reading this passage, Lord. First of all, many feel that we, in the whole scheme of things, are relatively insignificant. And secondly, a thought from this morning’s message, is that our actions today on others, in that we influence those with whom we interact, is far more reaching than most of us believe or even really like to think about. We may feel insignificant but like it or not we impact the lives of others.

Lord, in the whole scheme of preceding history when looked at from a purely human perspective, the Kingdom of Heaven was barely noticeable when it first appeared – it was like a single “mustard seed planted in a field.” But once that seed was planted, it did not remain small.

Many scholars believe the tree You referred to was a black mustard tree – some call it a toothbrush tree. Its seeds are very small but it can grow up into a tree almost 10 feet tall!

We may feel small and insignificant, Lord Jesus, but as Your kingdom began as a small seed and grew to cover the earth, we, too, though small can be used by You to impact the world. We can accomplish and influence things, via Your strength and wisdom, that can very possibly turn the world on its ear!

Lord, I would pray that You would use me to touch Your world. So many need to hear the Good News You came to make possible. May I be ready and willing to accomplish what You need of me. Amen.

Apr 29th, 2018, Sun, 7:04 pm

I May Seem Small…

I am grateful for answered prayers, Father. Your presence was felt in worship, in travel and as we gathered with family. Thank You for never leaving nor forsaking me. From a human perspective, You would have done that long ago but You are my heavenly Father and love me more than I could ever begin to comprehend. Praise Your holy name!

Matthew 7:28-29 (<<click the green)

Lord Jesus, reading through this passage makes me think of the responsibility You have laid upon my shoulders. It is a privilege and an honor to serve You in proclaiming Your word. In the eyes of the world – and possibly in the eyes of the Church – I am small and relatively insignificant. But that fades into insignificance when You stand by my side. When I preach, it is not just me – and it is my heart’s desire that that will always be the case – but You are with me. You take the little I have to offer and You fill it out to its entirety! And You are not just active on the delivering end, You are on the receiving end as well, aiding those who are hearing to hear what You need them to hear.

As I read Your Word each day I too am “astonished and overwhelmed at [Your] teaching.” As I have communicated a couple of times now in our Bible Study at church, I don’t know how many times I have read or listened to the Gospels but this time through I am seeing things that I have not seen quite this way before. You make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Your word may be thousands of years old but there is always something to learn. I am Your humble student. “Speak, your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

Feb 19th,2018, Mon, 6”19 am

Obedience in the Little Things

A quiet morning to sit with You Father is definitely the best way to start my day!

Revelation 3:8-11 (<<click the green)

Lord, in the big picture of Your kingdom so often we feel small and weak. There are some big players out there and here we are in our little corner, doing our little thing. Do we make a difference? Yes, we do!

Too often we think of spiritual things in a worldly framework. We are tempted to compare size and numbers and money and results. But as You spoke to the Philadelphians You realized that they had “little strength” but You commended them for their obedience and not denying You

We cannot measure our success in Your kingdom with earthly measurements. We cannot always see what You see. What we may deem as small and insignificant, You may see as having great eternal impact. An old song comes to mind and it is still as applicable today. The third verse and refrain of “Little Is Much When God Is in It” by Kittie L. Suffield go like this,

Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem so small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.

Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown, and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.

We are not called to bring about great results according to our definitions; we are called to obey. “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” verse 11. Oh, Lord, may it be so.

July 25th, Tues, 6:41 am

Things of Inestimable Worth

Father, this morning I come to You with a humble and contrite heart. I am overwhelmingly blessed by You yet I still grumble and am unsatisfied with where I find myself. Far too often I take for granted things that are right before me. There are many things that I am not happy with but I neglect to cherish – to realize how much I am truly loved.

We have talked about many things in the last several months. I am sorry for complaining about situations in which You have carefully and lovingly placed me. Please forgive me for not appreciating to the fullest the beautiful things in my life.

Lord, I would ask that I would not allow minuscule, insignificant things in my life to taint my entire mindset that I would let them roll right over me to be remembered no more.

Please enable me to grasp those things, small though they may be, that in the setting of Your great love for me I wouldn’t let them pass me by. That I would hold them close, that I would embrace them, savoring them for the great value they hold – a child’s laugh, an older couple holding hands, the day-in-day-out way’s my wife shows her love for me – and the many little things of inestimable worth.

And most of all, most importantly of all, Lord, may I never, ever, forget all that You are to me. Your patience, Your grace, Your love, Your blessings upon me. Your sacrifice, the pain You took upon Yourself in my stead, may I remember every day…You are the reason I am here. You are my reason for living. May I never take You for granted.

Sept 6th, Tues, 6:21 am

My Widow’s Mite

Sometimes…many times, Father, the struggle, even at the beginning of the day when little has happened, the struggle is to be still and to listen…to You and not myself. The prayer I read in The Valley of Vision included these lines today,

“Thou bottomless fountain of all good,
I give myself to thee out of love,
for all I have or own is thine,
my goods, family, church, self,
To do with as thou wilt,
to honor thyself by me, and by all mine.”

In the totality of all the world – all that is Yours, all that is given You – in many ways my gifts are small and they are relatively insignificant. But only a God like You can cherish and appreciate the importance of my simple offerings amongst the vast multitude of offerings. To You I am important. To You I am significant. The widow’s mite I bring (Mark 12:41-44) is my all. It is not lost amongst all the many gifts, it is noticed, it is appreciated.

Lord, this week is full of too many things – my beloved family, preparation for worship Sunday and church reports in preparations for pending meetings. Help me to balance them all as You would have me do. Work through me, guide my actions, help me to use my time wisely. May I invest wisely in what is important and accomplish what needs to be done in a timely manner. And most importantly, may I keep You at the absolute center of it all. Amen.

August 2nd, Tues, 6:10 am