Small things

Read Zechariah, chapter 4
 
Christians, like all people, like big things. We are always talking about the biggest skyscraper, the largest stadium, the biggest gathering of people. We like big things, we like large things. Even in churches, we talk about the “biggest sunday school”, or the “biggest auditorium”. We classify some groups as “mega churches”.
In our passage today, the temple, which had been destroyed by Babylon, was being rebuilt. However, it was nothing in comparison to the first temple. It was smaller, it didn’t have the grandeur of the first temple.  The Ark of the Covenant was no longer in the possession of the Jews. There was no shekinah glory at the dedication. And those who remembered the first temple, wept according to Ezra 3:12.  However, God gave a message to Zechariah. That message is in our reading today. Zechariah 4:9-10 says,
 
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
 
God said, “For who has despised the day of small things”. The people wanted the old, big temple, the glorious temple. But God was using this small temple to show them something. He wanted them to see that it wasn’t the size of the temple that was important, but that God was in it. It’s not the big thing that makes the difference, but God’s spirit. Look at verse 6 – Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of Hosts. 
You see, it wasn’t their might or their power that was going to make the temple great, but God alone. Might refers to the collective strength of a group, power refers to the strength of an individual. But it was God’s spirit that would make the temple what it was. 
That is a good message for us today. It doesn’t matter the size of a church, what matters is God’s Spirit working in that church. You only have 5 or 10 in your Sunday school class or bible study. Is God’s spirit there? That is what is truly important. 
The devil loves for us to despise small things, but God wants us to see the greatness that He can bring from those small things. How many great men of God have come from poor and humble backgrounds? God can use the smallest thing for great good, if that small thing is given to Him. Maybe you don’t have the most talent, or are not the best looking, or the greatest speaker. But if you give what you have to God, He can make great things from them. Let’s all make that our goal, to give all we have to God and let Him produce the work.