Do you know that little things make a big difference? At a certain level big things do not make much of a difference. The reality of life, however, is that little things do make a big difference. Little things have the ability to change everything. A leader respects little things because he knows that those little things make a big difference in his life.
- A little leaven can make a big difference.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
A little leaven can affect everything. This Bible verse speaks of the influence that a little error can have. A little error in the doctrines of the leader can lead to the destruction of many lives. In fact, entire churches and denominations can be led into lukewarmness and fruitlessness because of a little difference in doctrine. The church’s failure to teach about salvation through faith and grace, may seem little but it creates a totally backslidden church.
Some Bibles say that Jesus Christ was born of a young woman. They do not state that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. Although there seems to be just a little difference between a young woman and a virgin, it makes a huge difference to who Jesus Christ was. If He was born of a virgin then He was supernatural and had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in Isaiah 7:14. If He was just born of a young woman then He was just like any of us.
Failing to talk about miracles and healing creates a powerless church that is very different from the church Christ left. Indeed, there are many things to preach about without touching on the subject of the anointing or the healing power of God. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Failing to talk about Heaven and eternity can make a big difference in the type of congregation we see. The modern church conveniently shies away from the discussion of Hell. This makes a huge difference and has created a powerless church whose heart is set on earthly things.
- Little books make a big difference.
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, give me THE LITTLE BOOK. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
And I took THE LITTLE BOOK out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
The revelation found in a little book can make a difference for your ministry. Many years ago, I was introduced to a little book by Kenneth Hagin. This little book introduced me to the person who was to teach me about faith and about the ministry. Without going to Bible school and without having the support of certain ministers of the gospel, a little book raised me out of nowhere to write this book to you. You are reading this book today because of the power of little books.
- Little children can make a big difference.
But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Little children are often discounted as being insignificant. Yet, it is the little children who are the key to the expansion of the kingdom. Little children are the key to your church growth. Little children are the key to your missionary work. Little children are the people who will respond to you and to your evangelistic efforts. Jesus said that the kingdom of Heaven is made up of such people.
Little children are also the key to greatness because Jesus taught that the humility of children was the greatest key to greatness. Jesus said the greatest person was the little child. A child’s ability to forgive and forget is a revelation of true greatness. A child’s ability to play with other children of other backgrounds is a revelation of true greatness. A child’s ability to learn and copy is a revelation of true greatness. A child’s ability to copy from another is a revelation of true greatness.
Indeed, little children although little can make a great difference in our lives if we will learn from them and become like them.
Be determined not to ignore little things. You will be amazed at the difference little things can make in your life. May you respect little things and may they make a great difference in your life!
By Dag Heward-Mills