Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday night Pastor was preaching out of town so we go to hear our Assistant Pastor preach. I enjoy listening to him because he takes a verse that, to me, wouldn't have much "deep" meaning and applies a very practical, very "you can't argue with this" life application to it. This time it was on details.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
He told us that "jot and tittle" are the smallest characters in the Greek or Hebrew language (I can't remember which). They are so small they are like a dash or apostrophe. God said that they will not pass away. He's concerned about the details of things.
Also notice that this passage says, "Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments,". Again, the details. Humans have made some commandments "more important" than others. To God all commandments are meant to be followed the same, even the least ones and those who don't follow them will be the least in heaven.
I know I don't always pay attention to the details in things, hence this blog -- to force me to look at the details, the little things.
The following is from an email I received yesterday. I've read it before and I think Pastor has even mentioned this during a message, but hearing our Assistant Pastor's message and then reading this, it just really sunk in how much all the details -the little things- in our daily lives really matter.
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Thoughts are the least of these. They are what only we, and the Lord, know. Others only find them out if we share them. But be careful, for thoughts lead on to become our character.
Details. Definitely a little thing.