A young man who had much potential in the Roman army was told by his commander to gather sticks for a fire. He first was insulted and thought it below him to do so. His commander noticed his downcast look and took him aside and said, "If kindling wood is not gathered, the fire will not be started, if the fire is not started, a warm meal will not be provided on this cold evening, and the troops may be weakened in the night, and tomorrow in battle all may be lost!"
His task was not so unimportant after all. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-31). God majors in small beginnings. Let us trust God, looking for the opportunity of service in our circumstances, and pray for God to use us as He sees fit for the advancement of His kingdom.
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