Small Things 1
Many seemingly small things are very important in accomplishing God*s will. There were some seemingly insignificant things that contributed to saving some individual lives on 9/11. The head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten. Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn*t go off in time. One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident. One of them missed his bus. One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change. One person*s car wouldn*t start. One went back to answer the telephone. One had a child that dawdled and didn*t get ready as soon as he should have. One couldn*t get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
I had an infection recently. Infections are caused by things so tiny we can*t see them with the naked eye. But they have the ability to make us awfully sick or even to kill us. There is incredible destructive power in those tiny little germs or viruses. The cure for my infection was also a very small thing. My doctor gave me antibiotics for 10 days. Ten little pills made me well. Small things can make us sick or kill us and small things can save our health and our lives. Small things can have importance far beyond what their size might seem to give them.
Mark 4:3-8: Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
The seeds that produced 30, 60 or a hundred were very small.
Matthew 16:18-19: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Keys are very small things. The importance of keys is not their size, it is in the thing they fit and the thing they open. Jesus told Peter that He was going to give him the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Without them, none of us could get to heaven. After Jesus* death and resurrection and ascension into heaven, Peter preached and 3,000 became saved in one day. As Peter preached he was giving the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to the listeners.
1 Corinthians 1:21: For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
One key is that we must ask the Lord for His salvation.
Acts 2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Another key is to believe that Jesus died for us and for our sins.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
A third key is to acknowledge Jesus as Lord. A fourth key is to believe that God raised Him from the dead.
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Repentance is another key.
Acts 2:38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Repent is not a word that we use in our society and therefore we may not understand what it means. It means to turn from one thing to another. It means to turn from sin to Jesus Christ. It means to turn from idols to the Living God. It means to stop believing in idols and believe in Jesus Christ. It means to be convicted of our sin and desire to stop sinning. It means to desire forgiveness for our sins and God*s help to stop sinning. Repentance is the evidence that we believe. Repentance is the result of believing.
Another key is the Bible, the Word of God. Jesus called it a different kind of small thing than a key. Jesus called it a seed. The seed, the Word of God must be planted in our hearts. And it must take root and grow.
Luke 8:11: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Faith is another key to the Kingdom of God.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Our faith can be such a tiny little thing. But if our faith is in the right person it accomplishes huge results. If our faith is in Jesus Christ, it gets us to heaven! We can have a large faith, but if it is not in Jesus Christ, it accomplishes nothing of spiritual value.
Sin seems to us to be a small thing. How much sin can keep us out of heaven? How many sins did it take to get Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden? Just one each.
When you compare your life with eternity it is really a very small thing. Which would you rather have, a hundred years (which very few will get) or a million years?
Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
In fact, the whole world is just a temporary little thing when compared with a man*s soul.
Jesus used the plural word keys in the Matthew 16 passage. The important issue is that JESUS promised Peter the keys. When we receive Jesus we receive the owner of the keys. When we receive Jesus we receive the Master Key.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: