Let me start with this: little did you know that the simplest things you do right now may used as a means to transform lives further down the road.
I was following the Nehemiah plan last month from shereadstruth.com (amazing devotional blog for you ladies out there), and this particular day spoke to me big time. To start, read through Nehemiah 3:1-32. Yes, yes. This may be one of the parts in the Bible where you would want to skim through, or not even look at it, but to jump directly to the next part when things get a little more interesting. It tells you a bunch of names with the different tasks assigned in a particular portion of the wall. Name after name, task after task, and so on, and so on. It is almost like a big chunk of text filled with irrelevant information, which won’t even benefit me. Don’t bother to even read it? Well, I am guilty as charged right here (hehehe).
But I managed to pull myself together and actually try to read between the lines, and trying so hard to get something out of it. And, actually there is! The devotional drew my attention towards verse 15:
“And Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and covered it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And he built the wall of the Pool of Shelah of the king’s garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the city of David.”
At this point, you must be thinking. What is so special about this? What is so great about this Shallum who repaired the Fountain Gate? What amazing works has he done? He is only rebuilding, covering and setting the doors, bolts and bars. He continues on building the wall of the Pool of Shelah. That is all. True, Shallum is only one of the many people mentioned in the passage doing his own thing in rebuilding the wall. True, Shallum might be assigned such a simple dirty job to build a wall.
Little did he know, he is doing so much greater things.
Little did he know, His small simple work is actually going a long and HUGE way further down the road.
Little did he know, His simple work is a part of a Kingdom-sized work.
Little did he know, that same Pool of Shelah is the same Pool of Siloam used as a means of Jesus healing a blind man in John 9.
Little did he know, that same place is where Peter and John healed a lame beggar in Acts 3.
Little did he know, that lame beggar praised God and left wonders and amazement in all who see such miracle that happen.
The rebuilding job doesn’t sound so irrelevant after all, does it? Today, which small portion of the wall are you working on? True, your job might not sound very sophisticated or it might even seem so simple to do. But little do you know, it can make a HUGE impact in someone’s life. Sure, you might be bored doing so and it seems like everything is of no use. But little did you know, that very same wall you are building could be used to transform lives in the future. This definitely puts everything in a whole new perspective to know that what we are currently doing, the very simple thing we are doing, when done whole-heartedly can be a means of blessing others. At least for me, it gives me new passion and motivation in doing the things I am doing right now, knowing that I can be a part of a grander and a Kingdom-sized work.
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10
May this be an encouragement for you all. When you reach a plateau in your job, day-to-day lives, or even ministry, be encouraged that all your hard work is never put to waste. Do it with all your heart, and God can use it for His greater works. Yes, you may not see the results overnight, or even in a week, a month, a year, or 5 years from now. You may not even get the chance to see the seeds you’ve planted grow. But that is okay. You are responsible for your part – in planting the seeds in whatever you are doing, no matter how small. Your part is planting the seeds, while God makes it grow. If there is anything God can use, it is the small simple things to magnify His great and mighty name. That said, believe that He can and He will work through you.
“What if your simple job is the setting for miraculous Kingdom-sized work for generations to come?” (shereadstruth.com)
Blessings and joy,