A “Big” Problem
“I want to do big things for God.”
There are variations of this phrase, but people often have a tendency to want to look past where they are at right now toward a future in which they have left a large footprint.
We live in a big world. But in our age of technology and social media, we now have instant access to news, gossip, culture, and ideas happening all around the world with just the click of a button. We’ve made this great big world a small world after all! This has only added to our culture’s obsession with celebrity. Everyone wants to be famous. Just look at someone’s Instagram or Twitter feed, and you’ll see all the cool things they’re doing that they need to share with the world – like, taking a break at the gym or drinking coffee. Exciting! (read: sarcasm, which I’m pretty sure is a spiritual gift.)
In this society where a snapshot of a cup of coffee can garner hundreds of “likes,” we are consequently challenged to make a real difference in the world that is even bigger than our Venti White Chocolate Mocha.
We plead with God to give us something extraordinary to do to make Him famous, when in our hearts, we crave the recognition that comes with such “obedience.” We use words like “ambition” to defend ourselves, when we are really trying to climb a never-ending ladder of status.
Our problem boils down to the fact that in this celebrity culture, we have lost the ability to recognize the significance of everyday life. Our day-to-day encounters are dismissed as “mundane” or “boring” while we seek something greater. We make superheroes out of spiritual leaders while just hoping that someday we can make a difference like them. We have a big problem with our definition of the word “big.”
You want to do something big for God?
Do what Jesus says.
Have you ever thought about just how big of a deal actually following Jesus is? Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Give sacrificially. Take care of the poor, the widow, and the orphan. Forgive each other and don’t hold grudges. Love until it costs you. Treat others how you want to be treated.
These things are not easy. Jesus calls us to this new way of living that requires pretty big changes to the typical ways of life most of us have developed. Yet in our longing to do something “big,” we often stick these lifestyle changes on the back-burner and focus our attention on “God’s big plan for us.”
Mother Teresa once said something like, “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
So again, you want to do something big for God?
Start with learning to love like Jesus loved. Start by bringing the kingdom to your life today (at the gym or Starbucks!). Start by being present in the here and now, and let the small things make a big change!
Chandler Hansen interns with the music and media teams at Vista, and is also involved with Vista|College. You may know him as the hyperactive guitar guy on Sunday mornings. Sometimes he just needs to jump. Chandler usually orders a White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks, but he often settles for just a Grande.