When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it!
We tend to neglect the simple things thinking that they are insignificant. This is far from the truth as the simple things build up to become quite complex problems or on the other hand they might just be what builds us up. A person who runs away from a problem that they are meant to handle at a particular time will encounter the same problem on a larger scale haunting them in a later stage in life. Your capability in handling the little problems will determine whether you can manage larger problems.
Simple acts of kindness have become rare in the current society. As Christians we should ever strive to be the people who stand out or we might lose the essence of our calling. When others are hating, be the one to show love. When others are cursing, stand up and bless. I once gave a polo shirt to a guy that had admired a similar one that I possess. He was really surprised and told me that nobody had extended such a gesture. Most of the people that he has encountered here in Kenya were just after money from him because he is a white man. Well, as you may well know, there is a misconception that every ‘mzungu’ must be a rich man…haha. So you never know, your small gesture of kindness might go a long way. It might actually be the only kindness that somebody receives in this crazy world.
Our relationship with God is also made up of the little things done everyday. When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it! When He asks you to perform a simple task, don’t complicate it and don’t twist His words. God always starts with little tasks and can never push you to a point where you cannot handle the task, so just trust Him. Your relationship with Him grows dependent on how well you can perform simple things. For example; if He asks you to pray for 10 minutes at a particular hour, you will be surprised at the rate of growth you will experience in your prayer life by just being faithful.
God works through principles. Case in point: Hearing the voice of God. One person might go forty days and nights to hear the voice of God while another might just put in practise a simple principle of what they need to do and how they should live and hear Him in just days. Your ability to discover and implement these Heavenly principles will tell how much you prosper and how accurate your representation of your father in Heaven is.
The Holy Spirit is here on earth to be our helper as we go about our lives. When we do not accept His heed by rejecting His voice, we tend get into trouble that He is trying to avert us from encountering. I am learning more and more to listen to the Holy Spirit, to recognize when He speaks. His voice is quite unique as it goes straight into my heart. I don’t like disobeying Him and whenever I do it causes me grief. The book of Ephesians:4.30 says: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
I believe what one feels after such a disobedience is just the Holy Spirit showing you how much you have hurt Him. On the other hand, obedience has become thrilling. This is because with every small act of obedience, there is growth. What He asks of you becomes more ‘impossible’ in your eyes and it take faith to move that step, and when you do….well…the joy is unexplainable and my heart comes close to bursting.
Last week Tuesday I got to attend the KKrew Bible Study after such a long while. Dj Moz reminded us of the importance of the simple acts that make up who we are on the topic: ‘This is us’. What quality would people ascribe to you. Character is build by the simple actions. If you want to be a certain kind of person, start putting into action the small things. Start by saying hello to somebody, start by showing love to your neighbour before going to show love to the world. Give them your time and hear out their story, they might encourage you or vise versa. Have you ever been around somebody who just exudes love, not just pretense but genuine love? A person who naturally makes you feel appreciated? I treasure such people for indeed few exist. Being part of the body of Christ calls us to be like Christ. Those around us should feel the kind of love that Christ gives. You have to understand that He not only has love but that He Himself is love and that’s who He has called us to be.
Acts:19.13-16 “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. [One day] the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”
The seven sons of Sceva were people who did not understand the principle of starting with the simple things. You cannot cast out demons without knowing the Word of God. They did not know that you cannnot use the name of Jesus if:
1. You do not know the person
2. You do not have the authority
They tried casting out a demon and it turned on them, beat them up and shamed them just because they had not yet grasped the simple principles needed for the name to work for you.
My advise: Start with the simple things in order to achieve greater things that Jesus tells us in John 14:12 that we can do. Pastor James put it so clearly: “Many young people are trying to overtake their fathers yet they have not yet grasped how to do what their fathers are able to do.” You have to start with what is made available to you before going after what is beyond your grasp. Start by perfecting the simple things before trying to perfect the intertwined frameworks of a large operation. Start by laying a good foundation in order to build a grand pyramid. Have a blessed Easter Holiday!
You can view the first part of this blog here: THE SIMPLE THINGS – PART ONE