“For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb
line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
The Old Testament prophet Zechariah encouraged God’s old covenant people not to
despise “the day of small things,” as they labored under discouraging circumstances
while rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem following their Babylonian captivity. The
people’s labor and Zechariah’s words have their fulfillment, of course, in the person and
work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For us who live under the new covenant, such “small things” (and what God can do
through them) was witnessed by me during our church’s VBS this past June. Each
summer I have the joy of teaching the Bible lesson to the younger elementary-age
children. The theme for this year’s VBS was the Reformation, and each day we focused
on one of the five Solas. As I was teaching Solus Christus, I drew a diagram on the
whiteboard and explained the gospel to this class of precious children: how sinful man
is separated from our holy God and how Christ alone was able to break through the
barrier and draw near to God on our behalf – and thus how, if we put our faith in Christ
alone, we too may draw near to God and dwell with Him forever.
On the following Sunday, the grandmother of one of the children in the class sought me
out to share with me how her grandson was able to explain to her what I had told the
class – the good news of salvation for this little boy who had put his faith in Christ alone.
Let us not despise the day of small things, even the retelling of the gospel to a class of
young children! Soli Deo Gloria!