Small is Huge

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger broke up shortly after liftoff. The images of twisted smoke and fire are forever etched in our minds as the wreckage fell from the sky. All seven crew members lost their lives.

After a lengthy investigation it was determined that an o-ring was to blame. The o-ring was part of the construction of one of the booster rockets and failed because of the extremely cold overnight temperatures. It had a circumference of 38 feet but was actually only 1/4 inch thick. When you think about all the technology that goes into a spacecraft, all the parts, all the science, it’s amazing that something so small can have such a big impact.

God’s been trying to show that small is huge for as long as there’s been human history. We see this first in the garden of Eden. “Of every tree in the garden you may freely eat except ...” They ate! Eating from the one tree that Adam and Eve were told not to carried with it consequences that we still feel today. Sin entered the world. Small is huge.

In the book of Judges God asks Gideon to downsize his volunteer army of 32,000 men. When it was all said and done he was left with a small band of 300. That’s quite a reduction when you’re facing an opposing army estimated at over 100,000. But small with God is huge. They attacked at night with trumpets, pots and lamps and God gave the victory!

David was a musician and shepherd boy. He was asked by his father to take some lunch to his older brothers who were fighting in Saul’s army. Actually, there was no fighting going on. The Philistine champion, Goliath, had been taunting the Israelites for 40 days already. He was calling anyone to come and fight. Winner takes all. David heard the challenge and couldn’t sit idly by. He picked up five small stones (he only needed one) and defeated Goliath with a sling shot. Small with God is huge.

Never underestimate small. A smile is a small thing but can brighten someone’s day. A child sponsorship is a small commitment but it can be enormous for the child. Your one vote in an election can make a difference. A small act of kindness can be huge for a person who needs to know that someone cares.

Jesus said, “I promise you, if you have faith inside of you no bigger than the size of a small mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move away from here and go over there,’ and you will see it move! There is nothing you couldn’t do!” (Matt. 17:20). A mustard seed is pretty small but the results of a small amount of faith are huge.

Remember the sin that entered the world because of Adam’s disobedience in the garden? Jesus died on a cross and rose again from the dead some 2,000 years ago to make it possible for your sins and my sins to be forgiven. God only asks one small thing of you in order for forgiveness to be a reality in your life. Admit your guilt and believe. A small thing, yes, but with God small is huge.