Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's the Small Things That Matter

On yesterday, I talked about being humble and I used the example of myself and "scooping" up after my dog.  I said that I would have a follow-up to that entry, so here it is.  The weird thing is that I got this revelation while doing the same thing....picking up after my dog.

A couple of days ago, I was walking Jo Jo (my dog) and as I got ready to clean up after him when the Holy Spirit spoke to me.  He said (and I a paraphrase), "God demands obedience with the small things too".  At that moment I had a "light bulb" moment!  Keep in mind that by now I have picking up after my dog a little over 4 years now and it is apart of my daily routine (sometimes 3 times a day).  I know it is not a great topic to talk about but it is a part of my life now and during my walks is the time I spend with God.

Most of the times, no one is looking at me. I don't have the dog police following me.  I do know that God is watching .  It easy to be obedient when people are watching because you have to be accountable to someone, however, when no one checks in on us, it's easy to dismiss some things as frivolous.  In the Book of Isaiah and chapter 1, Isaiah had a vision about Judah & Jerusalem and God spoke to him.  In verses 19 and 20, God says,
19) If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; 20) but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.
God knows all and sees all.  Just as there is no such thing as a small or large sin, there is no small or large areas of obedience to the Lord. I believe that a part of my obedience in this matter has allowed me and my family to "eat the best from the land" despite how our circumstances may have looked.  I do not brag or boast on me, however, I testify that God is (and has been) good, just, and a promise keeper to me and mines.

In addition to being obedient, God has called us to be Holy and we cannot do this if we do not keep his commandments (whatever He instructs you to do).  In 1 Peter 1:13-15, it says:
13) Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14) As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15) But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

What small instructions of obedience have you been overlooking in your life?  I encourage you to find it, fix it, and thank God for revealing it to you.  Just by doing this alone, you have started the next phase of your walk with Him who keeps you.

Be blessed gang!


Antoine E. Hall


"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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