Twelve students, two student workers, one living room, and a Miriam.
As I sat on a large sofa cushion, fingers wrapped around a cup of tea, I listened to the chatter of a group of mates catching up after a day of lectures, and smiled. One guy was wearing shades indoors in October, and pulling it off. One girl was explaining how to dreadlock hair. Everyone was munching chocolate.
To the untrained eye, perhaps this scene is just a run-of-the-mill happening that every student is used to. It’s nothing special, it’s nothing ground-breaking. It’s only a Monday night.
However, before I’d arrived at this new student cell, part of Revelation Church in Chichester, I’d been thinking and chatting with God about what I could bring as a message of encouragement to the collection of students who wanted to know more of Jesus.
I was reminded of the passage in Zechariah 4 when God basically schools us for thinking that small blessings, little steps of faith, tiny risks and every-day normal stuff don’t matter. He says the opposite. In fact he says “Who dares despise the day of small things…?” and goes on to say that the little things, become the big thing (in this case the completion of the temple building).
So in the little living room crammed with students, we started talking about all the every-day stuff God has placed in front of us that we can go for, pray for, and use for building his temple. One girl lives with guys who don’t know Jesus. Small thing- to just live with your mates. Big thing- to live a life for Jesus next to people who don’t know him yet. One guy does music and knows of an acoustic night he could invite friends to. Small thing- gathering mates through music. Big thing- sharing life with them, and your passions for more than just an acoustic set.
What is in your day of small things? What has God put in front of you, in your two hands, right now? What’s the simple stuff that you can do and be in, with Jesus?
If every student in the UK who knows Jesus, just took what they have available in front of them and made that small step forward in faith to use it for Jesus, across this nation our generation at uni will have gained some serious ground.