DayBreaks for 1/09/17: Small Service, Great Consecration
Matthew 10:29 (NLT) – What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
Some years ago, a Scottish minister told his congregation about dreaming he had died. When he came to the pearly gates, to his dismay, he would be denied entrance until he presented his credentials. Proudly the Pastor articulated the number of sermons preached and the prominent pulpits occupied. But Saint Peter said no one had heard them in heaven. The discouraged servant enumerated his community involvement. He was told they were not recorded. Sorrowfully, the pastor turned to leave, when Peter said, “Stay a moment, and tell me, are you the man who fed the sparrows?”
“Yes,” the Scotsman replied, “but what does that have to do with it?”
“Come in,” said Saint Peter, “the Master of the sparrows wants to thank you.”
Here is the pertinent, though often overlooked, point: great and prominent positions indicate skill and capacity, but small services suggest the depth of one’s consecration.
We know that the things we do have nothing to do with our salvation or admittance to heaven, but the point here is simply that the smallest of kindnesses, often done if invisible ways, say more about who we are and what we believe than the more “noisy” and visible things we may do. And not one of them is unnoticed in heaven…not even something as seemingly simple as feeding sparrows. If God notices when one of them dies, surely he cares about those who care for them. It matters.
Keep serving, and trusting that He sees – and that your service makes a difference.
PRAYER: May our days be filled with loving kindness, Lord, to our fellow man and to all that you have created and given the breath of life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2016 by Galen Dalrymple.