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Don’t Despise the Day of Small Things

Don’t despise the small things like a true quotient of gospel joy, these things indicate you are alive and God is thrilling your soul with his son!

Don’t despise the small things like not getting bitter, and walking in the Spirit, by which you promote the power of the gospel!

Don’t despise the small things like not lusting after women or quickly glancing at them, by which you continue to cling to and magnify grace!

Don’t despise the small things like daily loving, leading and learning your wife; through them you begin to more clearly reflect Christ’s love for the church.

Don’t despise the small things like respecting and submitting to your husband, by them you showcase the beauty of Christ’s submission to his Father.

Don’t despise the small things like honoring your parents, by them you demonstrate that there is a God who is bigger than you, whose authority you value.

Don’t despise the small things like working hard at your job or school every day, in these things you show that there is something more profound, more powerful, more worthy than the fluctuating value of the American dollar.

Don’t despise the small things like speaking of Christ to others, by which unbelievers may come to trust and treasure Jesus.

Don’t despise the small things of corporate worship, the singing of songs and preaching of the word, through which there is an announcement of the kingdom and conquest of our Lord Jesus! And there is a growing, a swelling group of constituents in his kingdom!!

Don’t despise the small things like little church plants; it is by such things that God depopulates hell through the preaching of the Gospel!

Don’t despise the day of small things, but rejoice! Rejoice!

(This is an excerpt from a sermon I preached on Ezra 3 at Emmaus Bible Church. Full audio is here: (re)Building the Community. )  

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Erik is a pastor at Emmaus Bible Church (EmmausBibleChurch.org), a church plant south of Omaha. Converse with Erik on Twitter at @erikraymond.