Sunday, October 4, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For who has despised the day of small things…? Zechariah 4:10
Thought Of The Day: He who merely wishes for a glorious future instead of investing purposefully in it, must be prepared to wait endlessly.
LISTEN : The future begins now. There’s no tomorrow without today. As a matter of fact, the future is endangered when today is despised. Every great future begins with ‘a small today.’ Yes, everything big starts small. Life is made up of small things, and without small things there can never be great things. Those who value small things will make the most of life. Our Bible verse today refers to Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was a governor of the Persian Province of Judah. He led the first group of Jews, who returned from the Babylonian captivity in the first year of Cyprus, King of Persian. Zerubbabel laid the foundation of the second temple in Jerusalem soon after, because he received a sanction to do that. Many of the Jews considered the project of rebuilding the temple as impossible, but God assures Zerubbabel that his (Zerubbabel’s) hands will both lay the foundations of the temple and finish it. (Zechariah 4:9). He started small but eventually accomplished the big project. Those who doubted him were ashamed because the hands of God made everything possible. My dear, like Zerubbabel, you can equally begin your God-given projects today. Don’t wait until everything is complete to begin. Start small and progress with it. That small thing, (perhaps your talents, career, business, etc.) you so despised, is the link to your greatness? My dear, little things create wonders. How? You may ask! But have you forgotten that, the small rod of Moses delivered Israel from bondage (Exodus 4:1-9); just one stone of David brought down the giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17) , and a handful of meal and a jar of oil sustained a widow through years of famine (2Kings 4:1-7). Beloved, learn to use what you have. Stretch your faith. Begin small like the mustard seed and you will expand and conquer territories. But if you choose to merely wish for a glorious future instead of investing purposefully in it, then, you must be prepared to wait endlessly. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never waste your time trying to start big, rather start small and progress to greater heights.
2. Don’t despise the day of small beginning, rather appreciate it and make the most of it.
3. Determine to grow the small you have today to increase to the size you want in life.
4. Stretch your faith and never give up on what God asks you to do.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God honours those who value what they received from Him no matter how small. Therefore, I will value and use what I received from God, amen.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, You created the world out of nothing, and You made all things beautiful in their own times. Therefore, help me to value everything I have, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. May you not neglect the day of small beginning. May you make the most of your life now and forever, amen.
Reflection : He who walks by faith and begins life like the mustard seed would grow to conquer territories.
Quote: “The future is in trouble when today is designed to be greater than tomorrow; forgetting that, a great future begins with a small today.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know that, those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children? (Romans 8:14).
Today In History : October 4, 1900 In a final confrontation, around 4,000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in the Gold Coast (Ghana).
Stunning Fact : Did you know that a bear has 42 teeth?
Bible Quiz : What did Melchizedek offer to Abraham as he returned from the battle of Sodom?
God bless you!