Last night, our Gospel Community gathered, and we concluded our discussion with this: it isn't up to us to save the world.
That might sound like a no brainer way to conclude a discussion. We're certainly well aware of this reality. We know that Jesus is the world's only hope for saving the world, but this doesn't stop us from thinking that we need to figure out some way–some really big way–to save it ourselves.
The question that sparked this mind-blowing conclusion was, how can we display generosity in a practical way that begins to influence and change our city with the gospel? After a few moments of silent thinking, a few answers were given, and then finally the golden answer, "We don't need to figure it out right now."
Our tendency in life is to think we need to do something big, and that we need to do something big right now. It's a "go big or go home" mentality that, more times than not, leads to nothing getting done. But this isn't the way Jesus intended for his disciples to function.
Jesus wants us to be aware of the little moments.
When the disciples were arguing about what it means to be great, he tells his disciples that greatness is defined by service, and not just service, but serving little children (Mark 9:37). Jesus's point is that serving those who are easily and quickly overlooked is a big deal in the economy of his kingdom.
In another instance, Jesus says:
'I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
In other words, Jesus is saying that his Kingdom is about intentionally slowing down and serving in the seemingly insignificant and often unnoticed little moments of life.
Today, as you seek to be generous with your time, talents, gifts and possessions, ask God to help you notice the little things that lead to little moments that end up having a big impact for the kingdom.