Who is Maath?
Luke 3: 26 “the son of Maath”
Maath was the 7th generation after Zerubbabel who had led the people from Babylonian exile and the 12th generation before Joseph. There is plenty in the Bible about Zerubbabel, he achieved so much. There is plenty in the Bible about Joseph! But for Maath, nothing. He is what his name means, “to be or become small.”
Many are on a mission today. A mission of wanting to become someone, trying to make a name for themselves.
Ever heard something like this being announced? “The greatest, the most amazing, the most influential, decisive, the best anointed, the fabulous, the charismatic, life-changing servant of God is in the house today!”
“It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.” Matthew Henry
“No athlete was ever victorious because he did his boasting in advance.” —Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 1, 1940.
Joseph Smith boasted that he did more than Jesus to keep a church together.
“God is in the still small voice. In all these affidavits, indictments, it is all of the devil–all corruption. Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet . . . ” (History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409).
“Boasting is the outward form of the inner condition of pride.” John Piper
Social media has many statuses of ‘humble boasting’. See how many you can spot today!
The desire to get attention for how small we are proves we are in fact not small enough.
When you become small, you choose to become hidden, you decide to promote others and you take your name off things so that it looks like you were not there.
Influence is small for it to be influence. The influencer is not seen, only the one that has been influenced. If God exalts you to a higher platform then the battle is how to become small when more people can see you. It is easier to become small when you haven’t ever done anything. Trying to become small after achievement is another thing. The task is to become small with a big God in your life who does big things through small seeds of faith.