“How shall we picture the kingdom of God…It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade” (Mark 4:30-32).

The impact of Jesus’s ministry and the effectiveness of his church is best seen in small things — food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, clothing for the naked, an invitation to the stranger. In a culture of over-sized everything, including egos, we must guard against looking so far to the horizon for the opportunity to do something grandiose for God that we miss the little things in front of us that can be done now. From the least of these to the mustard seed, we are taught that the sum of little things has a far greater impact than the one big thing that we may or may not have opportunity to perform. If you desire to make a lasting difference, think small.

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