Little ThingsBro. David Chancellor
11/30/2008 6:00 PM
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
One day we’ll all stand before God and give an account for how we lived. The scribes and Pharisees were religious, but apparently these things weren’t important to them. The righteous will care for people around them. We, as people, would never miss the opportunity to do something big, but we often miss the opportunity to do something for God in the little things. Jesus was often moved by compassion for his fellowman.
When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart: give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled; and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
When Jesus heard of John the Baptist’s death, he tried to go out to the desert and grieve. The people saw him and followed him. He had compassion and healed the sick ones and then fed them all. He wasn’t indifferent to the needs of the people. There are times when we would long for peace and quiet, but if the opportunity comes, we should follow in Jesus’ steps and help someone. To do that, we have to notice and want to be a help. Little works can have a big influence on people’s lives.
And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins of apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And he saith unto them, draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Jesus and his disciples were called to a wedding. He didn’t go with the intention of doing a miracle. His mother persisted and he provided for the need. The wedding is primarily for those getting married. It’s the little things that others take note of. Those are the things that say you care.
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
Some might view this as a distraction. Jesus had time for the little ones. We should have time for children. They are people we can touch. They are ones you can have an influence on. Take a little time for the little ones. We can’t afford to become so big and important that we can’t take time for the small and insignificant.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciples took her unto his own home.
Jesus was on the cross suffering in ways we can’t begin to comprehend. He gave the responsibility of the case of his mother to John. He was thinking about more than just his suffering. There will be times when we will suffer; don’t lose sight of the little things that matter. Be thoughtful of others, especially when suffering. Find grace for every situation you face. The little things, left undone, hinder our ability to work for God.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve on another.
We are called to a life of service. It is service done by love, not duty. Pay attention to the little things. It is by the little things that opportunities are made to do great things. (See Proverbs 18:19.) Little offenses create big problems. Take time to notice and have compassion on others.