It’s been ages since I participated in Five Minute Friday. I’ve missed the challenge and fun of it. Today’s prompt is Small. Here we go–
It’s been tempting to imagine that the work I do is only small and less important than the more visual, kingdom offerings of my peers. We measure success and achievement in numbers and grand results and it’s almost always about size. The bigger, the better, isn’t that what we say?
It’s been tempting to think that God feels the same about our worship–about our service and obedience.
It’s tempting to think that a Retreat with less than 30 in attendance is nothing. It’s so small. How could it be a grand orchestration of God?
I confess, I’d practically believed this at one point.
Not that it isn’t worthy, but that it isn’t enough, because it’s small.
I believed it until I sat in that church in Virginia, and Bishop Guernsey said, “There’s no junior version of the Holy Spirit”.
My hand went slack against the page I was taking notes on. I couldn’t blink back the flood that erupted from my eyes.
He spoke to my specific fear.
All this time until that very moment, I had, in my heart, belittled the work God had called me to because of it’s smaller presence. I’d held my calling up against stadiums sold out for Jesus and felt insignificant and less-than. (How ridiculous!)
[pullquote position=”right”]But when God shows up, He shows up–all of Him, not the small of Him.[/pullquote]
He doesn’t parse Himself out and give each of us only a portion of Himself. He is all of Himself, everywhere at once.
The revelation of this has fueled me to pursue God more fervently in my calling. God doesn’t call big people to small things, God calls small people to big things.
There are no big people in God’s kingdom. We are each of us, as grains of sand, all made from dust. And we are all called.
Nothing He ordains is small by heaven’s perspective.
Oh that I would see with God’s eyes rather than mine. That I would know that when we walk into the presence of the Lord we walk into the full majesty of all that He is, in the small of who we are.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)