GRACE FOR THE JOURNEY
The world says, “Bigger is better.”
A bigger house . . .
A bigger car . . .
A bigger bank account . . .
A bigger slice of the good life . . .
These are the things to strive for in the world’s economy. In God’s economy, however, what is bigger is not what is better, but rather whatever God is in.
Aaron’s staff was not bigger than the staff of Pharaoh’s magicians, yet it was better.
Why? Because God was in it!
Gideon’s band of 300 was not bigger than the army of thousands of Midianites, yet it was better.
Why? Because God was in it!
The little boy with five loaves and two fish was not bigger than the marketplace in the surrounding villages, but he was better.
Why? Because God was with him.
In God’s economy, what is better is whatever God is in.
David was not bigger than the giant Goliath who was taunting the Israelite army and blaspheming God, yet he was better.
Why? Because God was in him.
This should be a word of great comfort to you today. God delights in using the small and insignificant to accomplish His work in this world (Read 1 Corinthians 1:20-31). You may not be “big” in the eyes of the world because you do not occupy a place of power and prestige. You may not be “big” in the eyes of your coworkers because you aren’t invited to the important social events in your industry. You may not be “big” in the eyes of your neighbors because you do not serve on prominent charitable boards in your community. However, if you are working to glorify God and advance His kingdom, you could not get any bigger in God’s eyes.
Zechariah provided a great reminder of this principle when he penned, “For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice” (4:10). Christians are not to use the world’s standards to judge God’s work. Gideon could not imagine beating the Midianite army with only 300 men, because he was judging God’s work by the world’s standards. The apostles could not imagine feeding 5000 men, plus women and children, with 5 loaves and 2 fish because they were judging God’s work by the world’s standards.
So . . . where in your life have you been judging God’s work by the world’s standards? Where have you been thinking bigger is better? You don’t need to be any “bigger” to be better in the Kingdom of God. All you need to be is faithful to use what God has given you to advance the cause of His kingdom.
Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (Luke 16:10). Whether you can see it or not, when you are faithful to put in whatever little God has given you, the difference you are making is an eternal difference—and that’s what’s better!
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey … Rest in this eternal truth … AMEN!