August 16, 2020

The Shepherd's Corner


In one of his best movies, The Patriot, Mel Gibson plays a father, a widower to be exact, who struggles to relinquish his eldest son to join the army during the war against the British rule in this land.  In defiance to his wish, his son joined the resistance group.  When he was arrested, Mel Gibson and his other children decided to rescue him by ambushing the British soldiers.  It is then he gives his young children a quick lesson in target shooting, “Aim small, miss small.”  

“Aim small, miss small” means be specific and precise; do not aim at a large area.  To me it also means be realistic, do not be greedy, do not be too lofty.  A good advice not only for target shooting but also for living.  In one of His discourses recorded in Luke 16:10, Jesus Our Lord taught His disciples, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”  And we can find a similar theme running through the Bible.  God wants us to aim small, not high, not big.

There is a couple of reasons why God wants us to aim small. You see, too many of us think too highly of ourselves that we become driven to accomplish much but, in the end, we waste much.  It is no wonder in Romans 12:3 Paul warns us, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”  The truth is thinking big is a far cry from having a big faith.

The second reason God asks us to aim small is because He wants to test us.  You see, many are happy to be entrusted with big things, but the question is, “Will we still be happy with little things?”  Aim small, miss small.  I have seen those who aim big, miss big; and I have met those who aim small, get more. So, let us be faithful in the little things and the little people He has entrusted us with.  

Pastor Paul

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