A Word from Pastor Dave | Little Things Mean a Lot

Dear Saints and Sinners,

“Little things mean a lot.”

Have you ever heard that phrase? Do you think it's true? Sometimes life’s problems loom so large that they crave a big miracle to satisfy our need, or so it seems. Often the last thing I am looking for to deal with problems is the promise that, “Little things mean a lot.”

In John 6, Jesus has a big problem. He has been hanging out on the mountain top having some down time only to come down and find 5,000 hungry people. To solve this massive issue he sends his disciples out to triage situation. One of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, comes to him and says, “There's one kid here who came with a sack lunch. He has five loaves and a couple fish. But that is obviously not going to help as there are way to many people here." (John 6:8,9).

Jesus responds, "Bring me what the young man has and let’s see what happens." Jesus gives thanks for the loaves and the fish and hands them out to be distributed among the people. What happens next, as they say, is history. Everyone -- all 5,000 -- ate as much as they wanted.  And there was food left over (John 6:11-14).


Jesus likes using small stuff to make a big impact. In the gospels Jesus uses mustard seeds, sparrows, grains of wheat, yeast, sprouting seeds, and children to make some of his biggest points. If Jesus is this into detail and has a strategy for using the small to do good, this is great news for us!


First, we are each among the small details of God's creation. Jesus loves and cares for each and every one of us! Where do you harbor anger or resentment? Jesus says, "Let it go and embrace the loving ways of your God," when he says

 

"Put away from you all the bitterness and wrath and anger and slander….(Ephesians 4:31)."

 

Jesus' first command is that you love God, and Jesus wants to release from you all that is in the way of that! Every little thing (or big) that is in the way of God's relationship with you must go! Jesus has come to take away the sin of the world!


Second, we each are a small detail in Gods creation that can make an impact and has a purpose.

 

“….be kind to one another as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children, and live in love as Christ loved us….(Ephesians 5:1,2)”.

 

Look around in this crazy world filled with "new normals." Ministry opportunities abound. Look into the faces of the people around you -- your neighbors, your coworkers, your family members -- and you will all too often see fear and confusion. Find a shoulder to put arm around, a deed for another that needs doing, offer a reassuring word or simply your caring presence. In caring for the other in some small way you will be blessed with purpose and the presence of Jesus in your life.


Little things mean a lot! Thank God!

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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