Little Acts

This week I went to see “The Hobbit”. I can honestly say the only disappointment of the movie is that I have to be patient for two more movies to come out before I get to finish the story.

One line from the movie has stuck with me throughout the week.

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” Gandalf

I love this quote. I was reading in my devotions today in 2 Kings 5 and it reminded me again of this quote. It is the story of Naaman coming to Elisha to be healed of Leprosy. When Naaman gets there he expects to see Elisha come out, but instead Elisha sends his servant to speak to Naaman and tells him to go dip seven times in the Jordan. Naaman gets angry and turns away stating, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hands over the place and cure the leper.” He wanted a big act of power, a miracle put on display where he would be the center focus.

Aren’t we the same. Praying and looking for big miracles, big shows of power. The idea where we speak and hundreds bow before the Lord, we sacrifice of ourselves and everyone looks at us in awe of what we can accomplish. But God doesn’t work that way does He. God wants to be put on display for His work. He wants our little acts of obedience. He wants us to go and wash ourselves in an insignificant place. He wants us to go into our closets in secret and spend time in private with the Lord doing our daily task of praying and reading God’s Word with no one watching. No one knowing. He wants our obedience when it doesn’t make sense. When it doesn’t seem significant. He wants our obedience to do the things that won’t get any credit. He wants our obedience so that sin will diminish. Not disappear in one wave of our hand as we recite lines and magic words, but he wants our sin to be washed away as we soak and dip our minds into the Word of God.

So I challenge myself and you who are reading, be obedient to the work God has called you to. There is no treasure to be found in big powerful productions of service, but in the plodding along of the Christian life. Obey God and the tasks He has called you to.

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One response to “Little Acts

  1. I watched the movie over Christmas, and this quote caught my attention as well. It almost seemed out of place, it was so philosophical/sermonic. Which is not so say I disagreed with it, just that it did seem to fit with the tenor of the rest of the dialog.

    Nice reflections.

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