July 1, 2018
Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
We have attempted to establish that journeys are less about destination as they are about mission. What we learn on the journey is usually as important as what we are ultimately journeying to do. Unfortunately, because we live in a world where big, flashy, expensive and attention-getting are usually associated with success, we sometimes forget that a seemingly insignificant journey across the street can have a huge impact. This is exemplified in Ananias’ journey. His trek was probably not much more than a mile or two, yet what he learned and what he accomplished by being obedient changed the world.
You might have one of those journeys in front of you but you have not given it much thought because it is just across the street or just across town, but God can do amazing things through those who trust and obey. Are you ready to change your world?
Questions to ponder:
- What do you think was the main point of Pete’s sermon?
- What do you think God’s reason was for choosing Ananias?
- What are some things that you currently do that you might consider insignificant? How might a change in attitude and focus in these areas have a huge impact on your life and the lives of others?
- How does knowing this affect your relationship with God and those around you?
1. What does this say about God?
2. What does this say about me?
3. What does this say about how God wants me to be?
Do something about it:
What parts of your life do you take for granted? Are there areas where you just go through the motions and feel that they are not really important? Have you even examined them from an Ananias perspective: “How can my obedience and example serve to grow the kingdom of God?” As you consider that every small thing may be God’s way of preparing you for much bigger opportunities, also consider what good you might do through the everyday small things in your life.
Acts 9:10-19; 22:12-16; Luke 16:10; James 4:17; Matthew 5:16; Luke 22:25-27: 1 Corinthians 12:14-26