Me to We - Part 1

Opening Prayer

Lord open my eyes to Your majesty and Your simplicity and show me how I may glorify You.

 

Read: Mark 4: 30-32 (NIV)

Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?  It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

 

Reflect: Psalm 104:1-3 (NIV)

“Praise the Lord, O my soul. Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.  The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of His upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds His chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.”

Today our Lord Jesus Christ sits enthroned in majesty in heaven.  Yet while He walked with us on earth He lived a very humble life that did not resemble the majesty of His heavenly position.  Jesus was born in a stable to a poor carpenter and grew up in obscurity.  He began His ministry quietly by calling twelve seemingly common men to follow Him.  No campaign for a leadership position.  No posters promoting his qualifications.  No networking with people of influence.  Most of the culture did not notice when Jesus appeared on the scene.

He went about the countryside teaching and doing miracles, but with no fanfare.  He taught simple yet profound truths in the form of stories.  He lived small and He valued the small things that people did to show love to “the least of these”.

“Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Mark 9:41 NIV

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...” Matt. 25:35 NIV

10” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her." Mat 26:10-13 NIV

These are mustard seeds.  They are small acts which carry impact that grows with time, like pebbles tossed in the pond sending out rings of waves many times their size. In the same way these small acts of love can have an eternal impact on a life.

 

 Apply

As you seek to serve our Jesus, do you feel the need to “go big” for your service to be worthy? Isn’t it possible to glorify Him by sharing His love in myriad small ways - a kind word or gesture, a show of courtesy in traffic, a smile for a child, a card to a hurting friend, or a loving act of service for your spouse?  Plant those tiny mustard seeds that grow into large fruitful plants, and the children of God will find rest in the shade of their branches--of such is the Kingdom of God.

 

Closing Prayer

Lord show me how to love in all the small ways.  Open my eyes to the ways I can demonstrate Your love in everyday situations.

 

Terry Schneider