You’ve heard of Tabitha, right? She also occasionally went by the less-appealing Greek version of her name: Dorcas. Both names meant gazelle, which suited her because Arab people appreciated the animal for its grace. In Arabic literature it was a symbol most commonly associated with female beauty. Tabitha was more than just a pretty face, though. She also was a seamstress well known in Joppa for her good works and acts of charity. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, she lived out her faith by investing in the lives of the widows of her community. Some might say this was a less-than-glamourous role for a person like Tabitha, yet she did not despise the little things of service in the Kingdom of God.
Erik Raymond shared a great encouragement on his blog reminding us that small things are ordained by a very big God. Here is what he said:
Instead of despising and becoming discouraged with the small and the ordinary, rejoice! God is working in and through them for his everlasting glory and your eternal joy.
Here are some examples:
Don’t despise the small things of prayer, by means of which God changes people’s hearts.
Don’t despise the small things of service in the local church, by which God is glorified and people encouraged.
Don’t despise the small things of working in the seemingly insignificant place like the church nursery, by which you reflect Christ like love and compassion.
Don’t despise the small things like daily bible reading, by which your heart is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t despise the small things of daily obedience and sacrifice through which your heart is trained and molded after the Savior.
Don’t despise the small things of putting sin to death, by which you are responding to the victory Christ has won for you.
Don’t despise the small things like a true quotient of gospel joy, these things indicate you are alive and God is thrilling your soul with his son!
Don’t despise the small things like not getting bitter and walking in the Spirit, by which you promote the power of the gospel!
Don’t despise the small things like not lusting after women or quickly glancing at them, by which you continue to cling to and magnify grace!
Don’t despise the small things like daily loving, leading and learning your wife, through them you begin to more clearly reflect Christ’s love for the church.
Don’t despise the small things like respecting and submitting to your husband, by them you showcase the beauty of Christ’s submission to his Father.
Don’t despise the small things like honoring your parents, by them you demonstrate that there is a God who is bigger than you, whose authority you value.
Don’t despise the small things like working hard at your job or school everyday, in these things you show that there is something more profound, more powerful, more worthy than the fluctuating value of the American dollar.
Don’t despise the small things like speaking of Christ to others, by which unbelievers may come to trust and treasure Jesus.
Don’t despise the small things of corporate worship, the singing of songs and preaching of the word, through which there is an announcement of the kingdom and conquest of our Lord Jesus! And there is a growing, a swelling group of constituents in his kingdom!!
Don’t despise the small things like little church plants, it is by such things that God depopulates hell through the preaching of the Gospel!
Don’t despise the day of small things, but rejoice! Rejoice!