God can use the big, shiny personalities we see on television to impact the world for His purposes and glory. I know He has and will continue to do so. But one of the parts of God’s plan that I love most, is that He also uses the common place to teach of His love for the world, His power, and His victory over the enemy. Two items that have come to symbolize the Christian faith are the mustard seed and small stones.
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade,” (Mark 4:30-32, bold mine).
The mustard seed is used to represent the smallest kind of faith, the kind that would be dismissed or overlooked by others. But this same inkling of faith can grow and become something majestic, something no one could imagine.
The image of the stone is found in multiple places in Scripture, but the stones I think of are the simple stones found in the river bed near David’s feet. These stones were not given a second thought unless they worked their way into a sandal. However, these same stones in the hand of a young, shepherd boy were used to take down the giant man and soldier, Goliath. There wasn’t a magic skill in David’s hands or in the stones. It was the faith David had in the God he followed. God took David’s skills and used them for His glory. It was enough for David.
The point is, the little things, the every day things in life become holy and sacred when used for the purposes of God. The stones, the seeds that are planted, the “common” believer, all of them are supernaturally touched because of the obedience of the user.
Is more faith being shown by the person who draws attention to his or her serving during the holidays than the person who serves faithfully behind the scenes at a soup kitchen the other days of the year? What about the person who has been a missionary in a foreign country for years, known only to his or her immediate family and church friends? So many times we hear stories about the people who are serving God in a very public way and we are drawn to them. For me though, I am more encouraged to hear stories of men and women who are obscured by the shadows and yet work day in and day out for the Audience of One.
First Corinthians 1:27 says it best, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God doesn’t use the things, the people, the circumstances, that will draw attention away from Him. He purposes for us to draw attention toward Him. It isn’t our actions or inaction that will bring people to Christ. It is God working through us, calling to the lost and the broken, inviting them to come and be healed, made whole. By His great grace.
So, Best Beloved, when we are called to serve God, either behind the scenes or front-and-center, let us remember for Whom the glory belongs–no one other than Jesus.