In the past few years, I have been involved with a variety of different ministry services. I have spent some time with YoungLife, I have volunteered in my church’s children’s program and I have attempted to begin a workplace Bible study on more than one occasion. All the while, even when my work was directly received and accepted, I was always left wondering…does any of this really matter.
All of us want to be used for the glory of God, and used in big ways. But, what happens when the area we are called to serve in is nothing but small potatoes by comparison? A food drive here, a Bible study there…are these small seeds even capable of bearing fruit?
“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” – NIV
We serve in a Kingdom of wheat kernels, mustard seeds and hidden pearls – small things with huge impacts. The world finds it impossible to see the value in small acts of service, and in our more discouraging times, so do we. We judge our faith inconsequential if the results of our service are not astounding and our time is considered wasted.
But, as history encourages us, the legacies of “wasted” lives have influenced the world in more dramatic ways than any of mankind’s impressive achievements. We should not be discouraged before God if our services do not yield perceptible results, for they are undetectable only to the naked eye. A kind word here, a loving act there, these services are all highly valued in the eternal kingdom where those who give their lives away…find them again.
I suppose it’s nice to be important, but is it not more important to be nice?