Little Things in the Bible and Why We Should Pay Attention to Them
God's Little Things
You have probably noticed there are a lot of little things recorded throughout the Bible. While we look at them as being little, God sees everything with big meanings.
God talks about the grain of mustard seed, the sparrow, and even the hairs on your head. That's because God made them all, and He is concerned about them all.
The things we consider small and insignificant, God uses them to accomplish great things. Here are just some of the little things in the Bible along with God's principles concerning them.
- The mustard seed in Matthew 13:31-32
- The Lord’s approval of the widow who gave last two coins in Mark 12:41.
- The little boy’s lunch in John 6:9.
- Mustard seed faith in Luke 17:6.
- Jesus chose only 12 disciples
- Small coin in fish's mouth to pay taxes in Matthew 17:27
- The small tax collector in a sycamore tree in Luke 19:1-10
- Sparrow (Matthew 10:29-31)
- Hairs on one's head (Luke 12:7)
The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth. Sometimes in the Bible, God talks about mustard seeds and sometimes He talks about the grain of mustard seed which is even smaller.
Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of mustard plants that are usually about 1 to 2 millimeters (0.039 to 0.079 in) in diameter.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shortest parables of Jesus. It appears in all three of the synoptic gospels to illustrate that small things can grow into big things and big results can come from small beginnings.
- Matthew 13:31–32
- Mark 4:30–32
- Luke 13:18–19
According to Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus compares the small size of the mustard seed to the Kingdom of God. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. However, when it is planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all trees that even the birds can perch in its branches.
"Who has despised the day of small things?" Zechariah 4:10
A Little Boy's Small Lunch
A little boy gave Jesus his lunch to feed the multitude. The boy was small and so was his lunch. We can safely assume the little boy was from a poor family based on the meager lunch he had that consisted of only two small pickled herrings and five small barley loaves.
The small boy's lunch became the subject of one of the greatest miracles in the Bible. Once he surrendered it, his lunch became something Jesus could work with. His little lunch ended up feeding 5,000 men besides women and children (John 6:9).
The life application here is that when you give Jesus your lunch no matter how small it is, it will be multiplied beyond your imagination. When you give Jesus the little you have, it becomes something bigger than what you gave Him.
Small Coins in an Offering Plate
The story of the widow who dropped her two small coins in the offering is recorded in two of the gospels. In Mark 12:41-44 and in Luke 21:1-4, Jesus is teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem when He saw the widow drop in all she had.
Mark called the two coins mites which are smaller in value than a penny. The small coins are talked about today because small things mean a lot in the eyes of God.
Mahalia Jackson sang "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." She chose that particular bird for a reason. She did not choose the big owl, the woodpecker or even the robin. She chose the smallest bird to prove that if God could watch over something that small, surely, He would watch over us who are so much bigger.
"Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matthew 6:26)
"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29–31).
A Small Man in a Tree
Zacchaeus was a chief tax-collector and despised in Jericho. According to Luke 19:1-10, Jesus was passing through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem. Since Zacchaeus was a short man, he could not see Jesus because of the large crowd.
The tax collector ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree along Jesus' path. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up at the sycamore tree and addressed Zacchaeus personally by his name.
Jesus told him to come down because he was going to visit him at his house. The crowd was shocked that a religious leader would lower Himself by being a guest at the house of a sinner.
God did not often deal in large numbers. In Judges 7:1-8, Gideon had an army of 32,000 which was already smaller than the 120,000 Midianite army he was going to battle.
God told Gideon that anyone who was afraid and trembling should be sent home. When 22,000 departed Gideon's army was left with only 10,000 men to fight the Midianites. According to Gideon, that was a small number. Even so, God told Gideon that he still had too many men. His next step was to take them down to the water to be tested (Judges 7:4).
When the army stopped to drink, 9,700 men knelt down on their knees so they could drink from the stream. The other 300 men put water in their hands and drank water from their hands just like a dog laps water from his bowl.
With only 300 men, Gideon and his men won the battle. His small army defeated the big Midianite army providing that with God small is enough.
A Baby in a Manger
Jesus came as a small baby in a manger. He grew up and walked the face of the earth for 33 years. He was a preacher, teacher, and a healer. He performed miracles and fulfilled His mission.
He trained the disciples to do greater work after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. He and His twelve disciples were a small group. Today, there are Christians all over the world.
Things in your life may seem small or insignificant to you, but they matter to God.
Do not dismiss the small things in your life. Small things will develop into a harvest of blessings when you allow God to use them for His glory.
According to Luke 16:10,“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Therefore, the little things you have are there to prepare you for bigger things. The key is to trust God while possessing the little things.
The image below is a visual that explains what happens when we give God our little things.