“Labour Not For The Meat Which Perishes” (John 6:27)

As we consider the things which perish and the things which are eternal, we must involve ourselves with the seen and the unseen. Everything that we do in word, deed, or attitude has results either in the spiritual or carnal realm. So often, we only want to do the big things that God asks of us and we do not count the little things of much importance. We want to preach the gospel in foreign fields, and to thousands, rather than to the neighbor next door. We do not belittle missions, or the preaching to thousands, but when we put the gospel on a personal level, we realize what Jesus said in Acts 1:8: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (KJV).

Note… Jesus put Jerusalem first, that is, our home or neighbor or fellow worker or friend in school, and then to the uttermost parts of the world. Jesus sent men first to their families and friends before He asked them to go to the world. In Matthew 9:6, He told the lame man, “Take up thy bed, and go unto thine house” (KJV). First, be a witness to those in your own house. In Luke 8:38, Jesus said to the man possessed with devils who was delivered to return to his own house and show what great things God had done for him.

Great things start with a simple “yes” to God in seemingly small matters. Jesus said to His disciples, “Fill the pots with water” (John 2:7). And from a seemingly small thing, came a great miracle. Jesus said, “Pass out the fishes and the loaves” (Mark 6:41). In this seemingly small matter, the disciples were suddenly involved in a great miracle of faith. Jesus said, “Go fishing” (John 21:6) to Peter, and out of this fish’s mouth a financial need was met. Jesus said, “Follow me” (Matthew 4:19), and what started out as footprints in Galilee, led to a pathway of life to millions. Jesus said, “Rent the room” (Matthew 26:18), and the disciples became involved in the Last Supper and everlasting communion. Jesus said, “Get the donkey” (Mark 11:2-3), and the disciples were involved in fulfilling prophecy and the start of Palm Sunday.

There were many more seemingly small tasks such as, “roll back the stone” (John 11:39), “loose him and let him go” (John 11:44), and “row the boat” (Mark 4:35). When we learn to be faithful in such small matters, then God is going to empower us as His people to have power and authority over great matters. Everything starts with a seed and grows to maturity. Christian friends, be faithful in seemingly small matters and God Himself will promote you to the great and mighty works of his kingdom. Great things start with a simple “yes” to God.

(This message was gleaned from the bulletin of Harvest Church in Charlotte, NC, pastored by Ed Chidester.)

Pastor George Belobaba

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