Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..

Jude 1:1–3; Titus 3:9

1Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:2May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

3Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

Titus 3:9 (NASB)

9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.”

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” As one of Chase Oaks’ DNA statements, it means to focus on what is important and not argue over the “small stuff.” But what is the small stuff when it comes to our beliefs? The small stuff is anything that does not contradict the Bible or is not clearly spelled out in the Bible.

“Small stuff” includes things like when the rapture will occur, what you eat or drink (including alcohol consumption), how you dress daily, how you dress for church, types of music, and things like these. The Bible is not specific about many of these things or may be less restrictive than some feel is appropriate for themselves. Romans 14 is an excellent chapter that deals with this topic.

Romans 14:5–6, 10 says, “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. . . . You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”

In other words, the “small stuff” is between each individual and God and not for us to judge. Instead, we should all focus on what God, His Word, and His Son, Jesus, have told us to focus on: loving others and sharing the gospel of salvation by accepting Jesus as God’s Son who lived, was crucified on a cross for our sins, rose to life again after three days, and now sits at God’s right hand interceding for us.

Arguing or judging others for “small stuff” can confuse the watching world. So, when another Christian disagrees with you on the “small stuff,” remember to shift your focus to what is important: loving them and not judging them.

Written by Diana Wells

Wife of Gerry. Mother of Caleb. Child of God

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