Daily Devotional: Up Is Down
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Jesus turned the world upside down. Not literally, but in terms of values. The first shall be last. If you want to lead, serve. If you want to be great, become the least. If you want to keep your life, loose it.
Have you ever accepted Jesus’ teaching that the small things are the great things?
Jesus reveals that the mundane, everything deeds and decisions are of eternal significance. When did I see you hungry and feed you? When did I see you naked and cloth you? As you did to the least of these, you did unto me.
Everything we do is done unto the Lord. When I smiled at someone, I smiled at Jesus. When I yelled at someone, I yelled at Jesus. It is nonsense to speak of doing great things because all actions are equally important. All actions are done unto the King.
God values each of us equally, values us as children of the Most High. Do we?
Consider the body. The tiny cells that make up the organs are just as important as the brain. Why, then, do we value the brain over the cells that make the brain? Why value one limb over another? Why value one person over another? Why value one occupation over another?
The farmer who grows lettuce is as important as the engineer who designs buildings and cities. The homeless who visit soup kitchen are equally important. All aspects of our society depend on each other. If one class of people or occupations were removed, the entire system would suffer.
Because everything connects and affects other people, the environment, and society, everything we do is great! Jesus reminds us of this truth by telling us that everything we do is done unto Him, a truth the world undermines and suppresses by telling us our actions are unimportant if they do not produce profound results. God does not value the butterfly above the worm. God does not value your tithes over your kind word to a stranger. God does not value the dishwasher over the banker. Why do we? Greatness is everywhere. The great things are the small things.
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