It is very easy in Christendom today to major on the minor as people say or neglect the things that really count. Some believers don’t feel they are really serving God or doing anything important simply because their names are not seen on billboards or neon lights. They feel God is not pleased with them because they have not recorded miracles like raising the dead and opening blind eyes. They struggle to play in the major leagues of Christian ministry where they can found a church or fellowship with thousands of members or acquire relevance by some other contemporary standards.
Are you majoring on the minor, child of God?
While I encourage every believer to seek the anointing for amazing supernatural impact, we should not in its pursuit despise the fundamentals which define our relationship with God and which will ultimately gain us admission into His kingdom when the Lord Jesus returns. When asked to identify the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40 said it was love for God and love for our fellow man. You may ask, “Is the preoccupation with supernatural manifestation not a reflection of love for God?” The answer is, “Not necessarily.”
Dear believer, love for God and people matters more than fame as a preacher.
If it was a good criterion for adjudging closeness to God, Jesus would not have given the teaching in Matthew 7:22-23:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
We should spend quality time with God, appreciate Him and listen to His counsel. There are things that burden and excite God and He wants those that can be intimate with Him to share them with.
Desperation and impatience for outstanding spiritual power can lead one into temptation.
If we become too desperate and impatient for power, we just might get it from the wrong source or we might get intoxicated with power from God and elevate it in an unwarranted manner or abuse it. In the ministry of Jesus, when his disciples were going on and on about how they subdued demons after an outreach, his response was:
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19-20).
So, child of God, continue to serve God where you are. Magnify the basic disciplines of the faith – personal devotion (including ample prayer and bible study time), abiding in the presence of God – for by these, you will soak in and reflect the character of God in your daily life. That is what is referred to in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Also, do not neglect to share the gospel and care for people around you. God values you, He is taking note of your faithfulness, He rejoices over the fruit you are bearing, be it little or much, because it is fruit that will abide unto eternal life.
God values your service to Him whether the fruit be little or much.
If you do the foregoing, when the anointing for signs and wonders comes, it will be authentic and it will not derail you in your walk with God. You will not be deluded by fame, wealth or influence. Rather, you will do only that which God has called you to do, not what others are doing, what will make you popular or what is lucrative. You will remain under the authority of your Father and return all the glory to Him.
More importantly, when the Lord Jesus returns, you will be counted among the sheep who will receive His kingdom. And He will say to you:
“Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matthew 25:34-36). And while you will be wondering when you did all that to Him, He will say, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
With the love of Christ in my heart for you, dear believer, I pray that you stay blessed and rapturable.
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The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
“I said I am a bouquet of grace (right under my pic). You’re probably wondering what that means. It means my life has been decorated and is filled with the grace of God. It also means that you will find me exuding grace, even in the secular meaning of the word.” ~ Edith Ohaja
Edith Ohaja has been a born again follower of Jesus Christ since the tender age of 10. She is a lecturer in Mass Communications, teaching writing courses at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Edith is happily married to Richard, who is also a university lecturer. Edith loves to share the gospel, and it shows! Her radiance and joy show on her beautiful face, and through her written words. She shares stories, poems, articles, and insightful graphics on her blog. Edith will strengthen you and stir your emotions. This is because her wisdom and grace are gifts from God; and Edith gives all the glory back to God, right where it belongs!
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15 thoughts on “Guest Post by Edith Ohaja: DO NOT NEGLECT THE “LITTLE” THINGS”
I feel highly honoured to be featured on this edifying platform. I pray greater grace and fruitfulness upon you and your blog, Angela, and fabulous blessings on you and your family in Jesus’ name.
Edith, it is such an honor to read your beautiful, encouraging words. I’m truly humbled to have you speak so highly of my ministry. Let it all be to the glory of God, for we are nothing without the gifts He gives to us! I am ever grateful for your precious prayers, Edith! I need them, treasure them, and they make my heart sing! ❤️ I pray God continues to bless you in your ministry, and I pray good health, provisions, protection, peace, and joy for both you and your beloved husband, and your ministry and teachings, in Jesus’ name! 💙✝️
Aunty Edith. This is a powerful read. Indee, even if we are not pastors or hold exalted positions in the church, God has still called us to love one another and spread His love through our little means
Bashorun, you’ve said it so beautifully! I like that you said, “God has called us to love one another and spread His love through our little means.” I would love to share your quote on The Silver Lining Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/angelaslittleattic, and credit you, with your permission. Thank you for your encouragement and contribution. May God bless you in Jesus’ name! 💙
God bless you, Bashorun, and keep us all faithful in Jesus’ name.
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This is not just delectable, but also awesome. The fact that it comes at a time when the contemporary society (especially African Society) is relegating the little things in favour of the so-called “big things”, highlights its significance. Although It is not surprising to me, that this masterful piece is coming from an accomplished writer and Evangelist in Auty Edith, One cannot help but notice obvious and what seems to be daily improvements in her Ministerial works. The way She interprets scriptures should be a story for another day. The way she relates with people around her is amazing. This accounts for why the name “Auty Edith” has become a household name within and outside University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It is in recognition of the fact that She has trained, taught and nurtured so many people outside the University Community that I used the term “….and outside”. I am lucky and blessed to have met and known her and her mind- blowing Blog, edithohaja.com, where everything good happens. My Prayer for Her is that God continues to bless her, provide for her and prosper her ministerial works.
Thank you, Joseph, for lifting up Aunty Edith to a place of royalty in the Kingdom of God! For she wears a crown of wisdom and is all things beautiful! I have been so blessed to see how respected and loved she is by the African Society, and we need her presence here in the United States. I am beyond honored, humbled, and privileged to be her friend and sister in Christ! How lovely to let us know that even our small things make a big difference! I stand with you in prayer, in agreement for God’s continuous anointing on her life and for blessings for her and her husband. Thank you for your kind, strong, and beautiful words! It is true that her blog edithohaja.com, is a place where all good things happen! May God bless you, Joseph, in Jesus’ name! 💙 Blessings, Angela
What a beautiful strong article. You got to the heart of the matter, and ultimately, that is all that matters, spending quality time with God changes us and all the rest is wood, hay and stubble, your focus is so sharp and graceful at the same time, loved it!!
Dear Rita, thank you for stopping by to leave encouraging words for Edith! She has truly been a beautiful, graceful blessing to us here at The Silver Lining! I love how you remarked that all the the rest is “wood, hay, stubble!” It looks as though you have a gift with words as well! God bless you, Rita, in Jesus’ name! 💙
Indeed she is! and thank you, God bless you, Angela ❤
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You’re welcome Rita! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better! 💙
Edith, you always have solid sense backed up by the ultimate truth of the word of God. Thanks for this reminder. I so agree!
We should know as believers that what so ever we do that God is watching. Normally people want to be famous in churches forgetting the basic thing which attaining the love of God and being rapturable on the last day. Every little seed matters. Let us keep sowing and keep growing in christ.🌼💜
Thank for the soul awakening piece. Im really blessed.
The problem of “Christianity” today is, lack of discipleship
Any convert who is not properly followed up, will hardly know rudiments of the faith.
However, the tendency that the person will grow imbalance is high .There is also a big possibility that will celebrate shadow instead of reality , like the apostle did in the scripture you quoted above(lucke 10 :19-20) who were overwhelmed by what was not a guarantee to their salvation.
That’s why you see all manner of error in the church today.
Half knowledge is dangerous and it kills.
May the grace of God help us to continue to walk in his dimension in our lives and to do that which we are call to do for him and not to digress because of worldly powers.