“Between the great things that we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing” – Adolph Monod.
For Christians today, this may be one of our greatest dangers. No, maybe we can’t evangelize like Paul. Maybe we can’t preach like Peter. We may not be able to encourage like Barnabas. We might not feel like we can stand in the face of persecution like Stephen. There are many big things we cannot do. So this leaves us with two options: (1) do what we can, or (2) do nothing at all.
Far too many Christians have chosen to follow option two. We spend a good deal of time convincing ourselves of things we think we aren’t good at (especially evangelism), and then sit idly, letting opportunities slip by. Sure, we may not be able to convert 1,000 people this year, but we can definitely plant the seed in some people’s hearts. We may not be able to deliver awe-inspiring sermons, but we can stand up for truth and morality. We may not develop a nickname like “Son of Encouragement,” but we can still set our minds on uplifting others.
There is a lot of work to do, plenty of room for growth in God’s kingdom, and not enough people to get it all done. Let’s remember that our faith by itself is not enough. Christians need both faith and works. James 2:17-18 reminds us, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’”
Even though we may not be able to do the enormously great things, we definitely can’t sit around and do nothing. There is tons of work to do and it often needs to be done a little bit at a time. Therefore, let’s make sure we at least stay busy doing everything we can for the Lord, even if it’s just doing the small stuff!