Do sweat the small stuff!

When we’re walking our life journey with God, we absolutely must be in agreement with Him. Amos 3:3 asks us, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Now that doesn’t mean it’s a two way street. It’s not.

God doesn’t have to agree with us! No, you and I must agree with Him. We need to find out what pleases and displeases God and come into agreement with it, because He doesn’t work for us; we work for Him.

God is constantly leading and guiding us, asking us to reflect His nature in our attitude and lifestyle. Too often, however, we discount His promptings as insignificant because they tend to be little “details” whispered in a still, small voice.  Meanwhile, we’re waiting to hear something profound.

God spoke one such detail to me recently while grocery shopping with my wife. After I loaded the groceries into the car God’s still, small voice told me to put the cart back in the coral. I thought, Everyone leaves the cart next to their car, why shouldn’t I? Besides, I’m tired! 

I reasoned that if I stabilized the shopping cart so it didn’t roll, that was enough. It wasn’t….

God asked me to do a small thing. At first I thought it insignificant, until I understood that obedience in small things allows God to release bigger things that bring us into the fulfillment of our destiny!

That hunch, the feeling deep in our gut guides us to do what God requires of us. It’s usually a small thing like being kind to your mate, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, fixing a friend’s car or telling someone you don’t know about Jesus.

Let me share with you some small ways to open up great doors to the blessings of God.

1. Learn to recognize His still, small voice. The loud voices in our daily lives compete for our attention and obedience. His is the one asking us to do the small things. Listen.

2. Realize that small does not mean ‘insignificant’. Small things are doorways that usher us into the bigger things God has been waiting to pour out in our lives. But can He trust us? Our small acts of faithfulness bring increased opportunities. Luke 16:10 puts it this way: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much….”

3. Obey in small things and get bigger blessings released to you. These small promptings are easy to ignore, but they’re very important because obedience in little things trains us for future life-changing encounters with God. He is waiting for us to obey in the small things He asks. Fulfilled dreams, breakthroughs and promised blessing are all at stake here!

Naaman’s obedience to wash in the muddy Jordan River instead of the pristine rivers of Syria healed his leprosy (2 Kings 5). On the other hand, King Saul’s disobedience to completely destroy the enemy and all their livestock lost him the throne (1 Kings 15).

4. Pay attention to your gut feeling. In some ways, we’ve been taught to ignore our feelings as Christians, yet they are one of God’s primary ways of speaking to us. We just have to make sure that our feelings line up with His word and His principles!

God is not afraid to repeat Himself until we listen. What small things has He been asking you to do?


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Gaspar Anastasi

Gaspar Anastasi is apostle of Word of Life Ministries in Freeport, New York and Fort Myers, Florida. He and wife Michele established the Stop Hurting Start Healing program to help people overcome past hurts and trauma and go on to live whole, successful lives. They also air the weekly television show, “Breaking Free Living Well”.

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