by J. Gerald Harris

Little Things Mean A Lot
Gerald Harris
Luke 2:12

If you ever go to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome you will see some of the most magnificent paintings and some of the most prized sculptured works that exist in the world today.

One of the most remarkable things is the artwork of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. When I saw Michelangelo's work on the ceiling of this chapel I had a deeper appreciation for him.

One day he was working on a painting and a friend noticed the painting. Days passed and the person returned. He noticed that no progress had been made. He asked Michelangelo, "Why haven't you been working on the painting?"

The great artist replied, "I've been working day and night on it."

"What have you been doing? I can see no changes or additions whatsoever."

Michelangelo replied, "Well, I worked on a finger of a person for a day. I've worked on the lobe of an ear for a little bit. I worked on a wrinkle on the face some."

The person asked this question, "Why do you spend so much time on trifles?"

Michelangelo answered, "Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle."

In telling the greatest story the world has ever known God chose to use a series of little incidents, little things, little tasks, little people and little places to give us the story of Christ's coming into the world. You could not read the account in Luke without being impressed with the fact that there is nothing here that man calls great.
But someone has said, "God is great in great things and very great in little things." So let us first of all consider

Have you ever really thought about the fact that when God came into this world He came as a little baby? Can you imagine God in a manger?

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