I was reading my morning devotion today when the Lord asked me a question? Before you think I’ve lost my mind (too late) God speaks to me through His word and he will do the same for you. Anyway here is what stuck.
Isaiah 49:6 (NIV)
6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Is it too small a thing for me to use you? Or do you have more important things to do? I was convicted and the excuses started coming, I mean I have a life to live, money to make, things to do, important things like raise a family, run a business, pastor a church, be a dad, be a husband, be a son, be a friend and a poppy. God, “as I thought to myself” I’m busy doing good things and most of it is for others. But the thought persisted, “It is too small a thing to be my servant to restore” and look at what he wants to do: Restore His chosen people Israel, to be light and to bring salvation everywhere. To me the heart of the question is “are you so busy with your life “big things” to be concerned with what I have for you?” “Do you see what I have for you as small?”
I have to admit in a lot of ways I live my life as if it is the most important thing in the world, I have big things important things to do and I’ll fit God’s plan in if I have some time. This is where (if we are honest) most of us live, we make God a side dish and not the main course. But here’s the deal all of and I mean ALL OF the things we want out of life come through Christ when we put God first:
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I’m not talking about God making us rich and happy by the worlds standard. I’m taking about a life rich with purpose, meaning and fulfillment. If we can understand that God’s plan for your life is anything but small we might be willing to give HIM a bigger piece.
Think for a moment……….Do you know anybody that needs restoration?
Do you know anybody that needs light?
Do you know anybody that needs to be saved from something?
with those people in mind let me ask you a question? would it be a small thing if it happened for them?
What if God wants to use you to do it? would that be a small thing? after all you are busy with your own big things. Remember the angel said “with God nothing is Impossible” God can handle my big life if I can handle his small assignment, help somebody rebuild their life, shine a light so somebody can see, rescue somebody so they can live. God said “do you think it a small thing for me to use you?” I say No, its the biggest thing in my life and thats the way I see it in my market.