Greatness in Smallness

“It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love…Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciple’s feet…”  John 13:1-5 NIV

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At the pinnacle of Jesus success, knowing that the Father had put all things under his POWER, what did Jesus do?  He lowered himself to his disciples feet and humbly washed them.

Afterwards He said, “Do you understand what I have done for you? . . . Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 NIV

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Scripture is filled with passages that tell us of the power we as Christ followers have been given through God’s indwelling Holy Spirit.  When I am in those times of feeling “high on God” it can be exciting to think that God wants to work through me and wants to use my story for His glory!  I fully believe that He desires to use each of His followers to accomplish much in this world.  Some of those accomplishments will even be great! 

However, this message of Jesus really resonates with me as He shows His disciples by His actions what He had earlier spoken, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”  Mark 10:42-45 

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It seems strange doesn’t it, that Jesus promises us, his followers, power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us yet calls us to be servants?


  • Because great things happen when we submit to God as our master.  John 15:20
  • Because great things happen when we do nothing from selfish ambition but take on the mind of Christ and in humility consider others better than ourselves. Phil. 2:3
  • Because great things happen when we stop caring who gets the credit and do everything as unto the Lord. Col. 3:23

Since I am pretty small and not too powerful in my own world I am encouraged when I read of all the ways that God uses “small” things and people in the Bible.

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Take a look at some of them in Scripture:

A tiny mustard seed – Matt 13:32

A handful of flour and a little oil – I Kings 17:12

A couple of small fish – John 6:9

A few coins – Luke 21:1-4

The foolish ones of the world – I Cor 1:27-29

A young shepherd and five small stones –  I Sam. 17:40

Small beginnings – Zech 4:10

A tiny army – Judges 7

The nobodies  of the world – 12 unworthy and unqualified disciples – and yes, even ME!

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I don’t need to be the smartest, the prettiest, the most powerful, the most charismatic, the best writer, the richest, the most intelligent or the most perfect ANYTHING.  God wants to use ME, just as I am.  His story and my story intertwined, touching my corner of the world.  Whether that corner remains small and local or whether it spreads far and wide doesn’t really matter as long as I am seeking HIM with all my heart.

Psalm 138:8 tells me that GOD will accomplish that which concerns me.

I find great comfort in that.  How about you?


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  1. Mary Geisen says:

    Thank you for this beautiful devotion today Patti! When we are weak in God’s eyes, he takes us and makes us strong. When we let go and let God, we learn that in this release God takes over and provides what we need. I am blessed by these words today.
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