The term “microaggression” is now in our dictionaries – seriously. It’s easy enough to figure out what it means: “Micro” – meaning, “small” and “aggression” – meaning “offenses.” Put them together and you have “small offenses.”
It’s a term usually found in work environments and other public places. Microaggressions happen when someone, through a series of small, coordinated actions, offend another person’s identity or sense of self in some way. We used to talk about “passive-aggressive” behavior which I suppose is similar.
I’ve been thinking about a new term lately – I’ll call it, “micro-obedience.” It’s not in the dictionary, but I want to put it in mine. It means (to me at least), a series of small, coordinated acts of obedience that add up to a sanctified life. These decisions build on top on each other and once collected, have an amazing impact on the way life is lived.
Obeying the big stuff seems easier most of the time. I tithe. I worship. I am faithful to my wife and follow the laws of my country. I haven’t killed anyone and haven’t committed fraud. I am not aware of any big lies I’ve told.
But choosing to obey the voice of God moment by moment in the little things is harder.
“Speak to that person about grace.”
“Give your coat to that man.”
“Let that offensive remark go without responding.”
In I Peter 1:22, Peter writes, “Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly.” In other words, because you are practicing micro-obedience, you can have real love for others.
As worshipers, may we practice micro-obedience – those moment by moment little acts of following God’s leadership, motivated by our love for him and demonstrated in our love for others. They add up to a life that honors Christ and makes disciples.
Sounds like worship to me.