Who dares despise the day of small things..?”(Zechariah 4:10)
I have three little boys. Small starts. Little churches. Unimportant people. Small towns. This is what every county song beckons for us to realize the importance of. Everything begins small before it can grow. A small gesture can lead to a lifetime of merriment. Small man cubs turn into large men that work corporate jobs, preach from the pulpit, and eat copious amounts of food.
This verse refers to the rebuilding of the temple. The restoration of the temple in Jerusalem looked smaller than the Israelites would have liked. They had just returned from exile and the temple’s size disappointed them. They wanted a grandeur style.
I was talking to a girlfriend recently about, “purpose and calling.” She was saying that so much disappointment in her life has come from this ELUSIVE Christian term, “calling. She’s constantly striving for this “large calling” yet what is the end goal? It always leaves her wanting more.
What if we get so caught up in the destination that we forget that the importance is in the small steps? Every single step in the right direction is worthy of notice. What do I mean? The reason we strive for the end goal is we want to appear big, mighty, successful, or have it all together. But, that would strip God of his glory and of his ultimate purpose for us here on earth. His purpose is that we are faithful with what we have already been given.
I have come to view each SMALL faithful step as a destination and a completed act of obedience. Each step brings us closer to a life that God wants and desires for us.
That elusive term “calling” is simply a small series of faithful steps that are pointing others towards a God worthy of being glorified.