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Sometimes We Just Need to Start Small…

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
~John 15:12

I don’t know about you but I would always get a little anxious reading passages like Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus tells us about how He will judge the world and how that “…Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”  (Matthew 25:40b). I always felt that I was getting something BIG wrong. Maybe I wasn’t serving Him right…Maybe I needed to find some place volunteer and give more of my time to those who were homeless.

Now, I want you to understand something important. There are deep needs that need to be met in the homeless communities (or places similar). We need Christians in those areas too because ALL people need to be told about the love of Jesus. But today, I’d like to encourage those who like me sometimes feel like they aren’t serving God right or maybe you don’t feel like you’re doing enough…

Now I could be wrong but I’d like to think that in light of what Jesus says in Matthew 25:40 (see above) We don’t always have to leave our homes to serve God well.

I’ve noticed over the past few months that I have a terrible habit of complaining. I complain about the weather, chores, life, pretty much anything that doesn’t suit my fancy at that particular moment. I try to get out of doing things that I don’t like to do and spend my time doing things that won’t make my life any better.

When I came across the verses in Matthew on Sunday I was reminded of a simple way that I can serve God better. I can treat those nearest to me like Jesus would. I can start staying on top of the chores. I can quit complaining when I am asked to help out (because really, the things that I am asked to do are not burdensome–just like God’s commands aren’t burdensome–1 John 5:3)  I can start to honestly and really be thankful for what it is that God has given me.

Doing these things may seem small. But here’s the thing, nothing is too small if it’s done with and for Jesus. He’ll take even the smallest things 5 loaves of bread and two small fish; and multiply it to feed 5,000 men (John 6:1-14)!!

I want to encourage you and remind you that we can start small treating those within our inner circle if you will with love and respect, just like we would treat Jesus! Being faithful in the little things (Luke 16:10) that He has given us and trusting that He will direct us where He sees fit when He feels we’re ready.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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