September 29, 2011

Today you should read: Ruth 4:16-22

These passages reveal one overarching truth about God; His Hand is in the details and He works through even the smallest of occurrences in our lives.

Up to this point in the story we have learned that Naomi has experienced several untimely deaths in her family which is not an unusual occurrence for that period in time. So, all that is left for her and her daughter-in-law to do is to go back to their family and hope for the best. They return, completely discouraged and hopeless. Most people probably passed by them day after day without giving them a second thought and all the while, before their very eyes, God was orchestrating the coming of His Messiah!

Now, we are approaching the end of this story with Naomi holding her grandson, Obed, and everyone is taking notice. They still don’t fully understand what is happening but the writer sheds some light on it for us.

Obed grows up to be the father of Jesse. Jesse will grow up and become the father of King David. From David we will see several generations of children leading up to a young couple, pledged to be married, sitting outside of an inn some 2000 years ago giving birth to a little boy named Jesus who would “save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) God’s whole plan of saving the world and redeeming a people for Himself came through a series of small, seemingly insignificant occurrences.

So, here is the point. There are no small occurrences. There are no details that God overlooks and counts as insignificant..and we shouldn’t either. God wants to use us and calls us to be a part of His great plan to see this world saved and restored. This isn’t always being on a stage or talking to thousands of people about the gospel. This could be greeting someone who is hurting as they come into our church. It might be rocking a baby and telling them that God loves them. Or, it could even be putting out that one extra chair for a person who is searching for answers and has decided to give church and God a try. Don’t let the small things get past you. Don’t allow the “insignificance” of you service deter you from giving it all you have. So, when you put those chairs out, or welcome visitors, or serve refreshments, or rock a baby, or fold the Point, or whatever it may be, just imagine what God could do with your one small part in the grand scheme of His plan.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “September 29, 2011”

  1. This reminds me of Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” How easily the enemy can deceive us into thinking it is US who is serving…..when it is HIM through us. Thanks for reminding us that God often works in the most unexpected ways to accomplish his will and draw all men to him. This is yet another reminder of the importance of obedience to his word and his commands!

  2. Thank you Robbie for calling attention to the fact that there are no insignificant services for God. I have been down on myself lately because I felt I wasn’t doing enough for the Lord because I haven’t physically been witnessing every day. Thank you for pointing out that we are witnessing all the time, sometimes it’s just a simple smile and a hug or a sympathetic tear for another. It is all still for His Glory and He still sees it and recognizes our hearts of compassion and love, even if we aren’t verbally leading someone to Christ.
    Thank you Robbie, I REALLY needed this today!

  3. Robbie, Thank you for your insightful commentary. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. And thanks to Ellie for all the “rocking a baby” that she does for our little Alina….we certainly don’t think of her service as insignificant.

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