“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
One of the greatest reasons great works are not accomplished is because people don’t treat them as a great work. It is sad that the world gives more attention to their work, and they treat their work in a great fashion far more than most believers treat the work of God. Every game is a great game in the sports world. Every movie is a great movie in the world of entertainment. Every election is the greatest election in the world of politics. However, most churches and believers don’t treat everything like it is great. Let me point out some critical elements about the importance of having a “great” mindset in the LORD’s work.
First, “great” is a mindset. In the verse above, God said that the plague was “exceeding great.” Throughout the Scriptures, you will often see God or His people define something as great. Abram had a great vision for his life in Genesis 15:1. God said that Abraham “shall surely become a great and mighty nation” in Genesis 18:18. Nehemiah considered the building of the wall a “great work” in Nehemiah 6:3. Jesus’ last words to the church while on Earth is considered the Great Commission. The pearl that the lady lost was thought of as a pearl of “great” price. Jesus looked at the multitudes and called them “great multitudes.” Anything that God gives you to do should be considered “great.” How you treat God’s work is determined by whether or not you consider His work a great work.
Second, if it is not great, it is not worthy of your attention. Too many believers waste their time on petty things instead of giving their full attention to the great work of God. If God’s work is great, why are you treating it insignificantly? Never give any effort to those things which are insignificant. If something that you see is not great, it is not worthy of your attention. Only great things should be given your attention.
Third, the great mindset results in caring for the details. When you consider everything great, you will care for the smallest of details because every detail is important in a great work. The only reason someone doesn’t care for the details is because they don’t look at what they are doing as a great work. You will care for every detail with great focus when you consider what you are doing a great work.
Fourth, the great mindset results in giving your whole effort. The greater the work, the greater the effort you will give. There must never be anything that you do for God that is not considered great. What you give less of an effort to in the LORD’s work could be the very thing that God uses to propel His work to great magnitude. You are revealing your mindset towards God’s work by the effort you give towards each task. Whatever you consider great will demand your whole effort to make sure that it is done right.
Fifth, the great mindset results in great works. Great works are built by people who look at that work as a great work when others would consider it a small or insignificant work. My friend, if you are doing something for God, it is a great work, and it MUST be considered a great work for God to do something through you. Never allow yourself to look at anything in God’s work as insignificant. Anything God gives you to do IS a great work. Treat it like a great work!