No small Matter
You ever hear a still, quaint voice inside you? Usually the voice is small, but it may ask you to do things that have huge ramifications. You’ve probably brushed it off as your conscience, or you might even call it the Universe.
I call it the Holy Spirit.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit, here’s a brief lesson: Holy Spirit is the third part of the trinity. Father (God), Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. They’re one and the same. The Holy Spirit is a gift sent to mankind after Jesus ascended into Heaven to assume his place at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit is our helper, our advocate and is always available. If you want to dig deeper, hit my line and we can chat.
Heading into the new year, I made it a priority to spend more time with God in prayer and worship, and as a result, I’ve become closer to the Lord. Growing up in a Christian family, I was always at church, with much of my childhood spent volunteering somewhere or being part of our church’s youth ministry. As I matured, I realized simply being at a church building didn’t equate to having an intimate relationship with God. In fact, in spite of all that time I spent in the building, I never really experienced God in a real way until I set aside distractions and became intentional.
To be honest, the idea of a spirit communicating with me was kind of scary, but I had good reason to be fearful. My mom used to tell me and my brother, “the Holy Spirit is my best friend and He shows me everything y’all are doing.”
I was fearful for the wrong reasons. I didn’t want God to show my mom what I was doing in my personal life. I was busy being secretive about my whereabouts, covering my lies with more lies and trying not to get caught. Since then I’ve grown up, both mentally and spiritually, and the Holy Spirit is now my friend in the same way He was with my mother.
I yearn to hear from God.
I’ve discovered that God has been talking to me for much more of my life than I thought. Actually, He’s talking to all of us. Most times He doesn’t yell and it’s usually not audible. For me, it’s this soft, peaceful, inner voice that causes my heart to beat faster. It’s almost like a rush of adrenaline.
What He says varies. Sometimes it requires immediate action, while other times I can just sit on the instruction He gives for a little while. I’m a firm believer that God gives us little tests to see if we’ll be diligent and lean on Him. I believe God actually cares more than we think about the little and seemingly insignificant things. It makes sense. Why would God trust us with more, when we aren’t obedient with the small.
Lately, I’ve felt God’s hand on my life. I’ve had to hone in on the small and often limited instruction He’ll give me, but there’s almost always a reward that follows my obedience.
Last Sunday my wife had a work meeting early before church. We were scheduled to speak at her parents’ church so the plan was: she would go to her meeting, come home, jump in the car with me, and head to church. After church, she had to go back to work, so I was planning to drive her back home so she could get her car and go while I completed my Sunday blog post. (For context, I have to tell you the church is about 40 minutes away from our house.) As I was walking out the door I thought to myself, “I don’t need to grab my computer because I have to come back home.”
Instantly I heard Holy Spirit say, “Take your computer with you.” I had a choice to make and despite this being simple, the battle in my mind was anything but. “Nah, I’ll be cool,” I thought to myself and continued getting ready. As I was leaving the living room, I looked back and grabbed my computer, threw it in the backseat and drove to church.
Midway through praise and worship, Anna taps me and says, “Hey, baby, the store leader said I don’t have to come in later.”
This might seem insignificant to you, but my obedience to the Holy Spirit enabled me to be able to finish and release the blog post; one that I prayed would touch the lives of the people who would read it. Someone’s breakthrough is attached to our obedience. That’s a testimony! *Starts shouting and two-steppin*
It’s a small example of a much larger lesson: Obedience is required no matter what God asks us to do. As I pondered writing about this, God revealed to me that my obedience to grab my computer built trust in our relationship.
I trust God, but more importantly, that small action demonstrated that He can trust me.
Luke 11:28 says, But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.”
Ask yourself: what is God asking you to do? If you can’t hear Him, I implore you to make time. He’s speaking. Will you listen and then obey?