Text: Acts 9:36-43
Main Idea: Any “small” thing launched in faith and with love is a big thing to God.
This passage could be titled the Widows’ Miracle. Because though the Lord used Peter to bring the power, but the widows were the driving force behind it.
The God of Small Things put Dorcas on the distinguished list of those raised from the dead.
The history of the God of Small Things includes:
- Noah, who spent 100 years of his life doing small things. One plank of lumber after another.
- Abraham, whose waning physical abilities produced a child whose descendants would be like the stars.
- Moses, 80 years old, sent to Egypt to deliver Israel with only a staff and his brother Aaron.
- Ruth, doing a small thing in the eyes of the world, but which led to her becoming the great-grandmother of King David.
- David, with 5 smooth stones to slay a giant by the power of the God of small things.
- A young lad, with five loaves and two fish to give to the Lord of Small Things.
On the other hand, no matter how “big” something appears, if it is not launched with love and faith, God is not impressed. (Matthew 24:2, Jesus attitude towards the “impressive” temple that had become a place without faith and love.)
We cannot impress God with the bigness of our deeds. All we can do is honor Him with our faith and love. So, the lesson for us is to be good stewards of the small things by doing them with faith and love, putting them in the hands of the God of Small things and letting Him use it as He will.
Practically speaking, what might that look like this evening or Monday morning?
- (1 Corinthians 16:14) If it’s worth doing, as much as possible do it from a heart of love, not manipulation, not control or calculating a return.
- (Luke 16:10) Do that little thing as though it is a great thing.
- (Matthew 6:34) Don’t worry about that big problem “out there,” do the little things today.
- (Colossians 4:6) If you only have a few words to offer, make them kind, or kindly be silent.
- (Galatians 6:2) Lend a helping hand. I can’t do what I can’t do, but I can do what I can do.
- (James 5:16) We may not be able to fix the problem, but we can say a sincere prayer.
- (Romans 12:21) Don’t let fear or ego prevent you from reaching out in love to someone who may not reciprocate.
A worker bee alone, in its lifetime, can produce only 1/12th of a tablespoon of honey. This converts into around 2 million flowers and bees flying about 50,000 miles to make 1 pound of honey. We are all worker bees. That doesn’t make us all insignificant, quite the contrary, it highlights how vital each one of us are in doing our small things. This world needs as much honey as we can make.