Five Minute Friday~ Small
When did we start equating “small” with “insignificant”?
This way of thinking seems to be infiltrating the blogging world and churches, but the truth is it is nothing new.
At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.
They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and fire them well.” They used bricks for stone and tar for mortar.
Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.”
God came down to look over that city and the tower those people had built.
God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next- they’ll stop at nothing. Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city.
Genesis 11:1-8, from the Message
This desire to be famous, significant, big, to make a name for ourselves- it is as old as the hills.
But can’t you see it? Their motivation is good. They didn’t want to be scattered across the Earth. Unfortunately, they forgot one crucial thing. They forgot to seek God’s glory as their eyes shifted from Him to themselves.
I see this same eye shifting among the body of Christ and it is heart breaking. I see bloggers consumed by numbers and followings and platform. I see a pursuit of fame and celebrity status. And I see the dissatisfaction it all brings.
The motivation is good. It starts out with a desire to bring glory to God, but the line is so thin between making Him famous and making a name for ourselves.
I see it in churches. I see a pride in numbers, in being better than the church down the street, in notoriety. The church has placed an emphasis on being bigger and better, on production, on marketing. We value “mega” and wit and charisma. We have lost the focus on God’s glory, on His kingdom. Our eyes have shifted from Him to us and we can’t even see it. We are blinded by fame and think that “big” is equated with significance.
And I wonder what Bible we are reading? Are we “Tower of Babel” people or are we like Abraham- the one who God speaks to and says, “I will make your name great”? Are we seeking His glory or have we bought into the bigger is better lie that the world tries to sell us?
We need to stop labeling each other as “small” or “big” and start valuing FAITHFUL!
Faithful means that we seek God’s glory and His alone. It means that we value truth above all else. It means that we care less about making a name for ourselves and only about His great name. It means we are willing to accept small if that is His desire for us. And it means that if He chooses to make us big, then we will walk in it, faithfully giving the glory to Him.
Being faithful means that our eyes do not shift from Him to us. Being faithful means staying focused on Him.
Have you bought into the lie? Do you feel the dissatisfaction this lie brings? I believe it is the modern day scattering that God is working in His Kingdom. He is jealous for His glory and He will get it. We need to come back to this place of finding our satisfaction in Him!
In full disclosure, this post took me longer than 5 minutes. It is a topic that God has been emphasizing in my heart and one I felt I needed to share about today. Joining with the rather large community of writers as we write for five minutes (or a little longer!) on the prompt “small”. Praying that you will see God receiving the glory through our words!