“And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.”
A small, apparently insignificant deed can have extraordinary impact. The man who was possessed by Legion wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus forbade him. He commanded the man to return home and share his testimony. While it seemed like a little thing, the man’s testimony prepared the way for the Lord to return later. Because he was faithful to go share what God had done for him, the same people who had refused Jesus flocked to the Master when He returned, laying out their sick, believing that if they but touched the hem of His garment they would be made whole.
Jonah preached eight words to the city of Nineveh, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” We might consider mocking such a short sermon. However, those eight words caused the entire city to repent, from the king to the beggar.
We never know which action of ours, no matter how small in our eyes, may have a significant impact. We look for the spectacular course of action, the valiant battle, to charge forth for our Lord. Yet more often than not, God asks us to do little things.
Naaman was a man of valor who expected to perform an elaborate deed in order to be healed. When Elisha told him to dip in the river seven times, he was offended. Nonetheless, it was that simple, humble action of being dipped in the river that brought his healing.
He who is faithful over a few things will one day be faithful over much. Simply sharing our testimony may bring many people to Christ. Preaching a short sermon may save a city. Preforming a humble task may bring your healing. If God has asked you to do something, then the task is never useless or irrelevant. Recall that obedience is a form of worship. This means your entire life can become a continual praise. Honor the little deeds, all the seemingly unimportant requests our Father asks of us, honor them as mighty deeds of praise and worship because, one day, God may show us how mighty a deed it really was.