Don’t Major In The Minors


As an undergrad, I majored in land use planning at the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!).  I graduated with 124 credits, and half of them were in my major.  I also minored in sociology. I loved my major and wanted to spend all of my time and energy in classes that would teach me about my major. But it was alright to take a few classes in my minor. But only a few.  Because I didn’t need to spend a whole lot of time in my minor. And The problem with many college students in general and many more people in specific is that they major in the minors and minor in the majors.

The fault of most and the failure of many is that they major in the minors and minor in the majors.  We tend to focus on light and little, flimsy and flippant  noiseless nothings instead of the weight of glory.  And no self-respecting baseball player wants to stay in the minor league. Every minor league player aspires to rise and be called up to the big, or major league.

“Majoring in the minors” is used to describe someone focusing on the unimportant things (“minors”) rather than the more important (“major”) issues. The context is usually along the lines of focusing on the wrong thing, making a mountain out of a molehill, etc.  It can be construed as stupid nit-picking, going down a rabbit hole, or any other deviation/distraction from the main point/purpose.

The Third Day is the foundation of our faith and the bedrock of our belief.  On the Third Day Jesus rose from the dead.  This very meaningful and vitally momentous, magnanimous event was a “game changer.”  Jesus rose from the dead, just like He said he would.  The Old Testament of the Bible is full of prophecies and promises, predictions and  prayers all centered around and focused on the Messiah. For those of you who don’t yet believe, consider these predictive prophecies about the Third Day:

On the third day — “Abraham looked up and saw the place [Mount Moriah] from afar.” There he intends to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering to God. Yet he assures his companions, “We will worship and return.” (Genesis 22:4-5)

On the third day — Pharaoh releases his chief cupbearer from death-row. (Genesis 40:20-21)

On the third day — Joseph releases his brothers from prison in Egypt. (Genesis 42:17-18)

On the third day — God descends to Mount Sinai in fire with the sound of a shofar. He then reveals The Ten Words, Israel’s constitution of new life as a nation after their resurrection from the death of slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 19:16-19)

On the third day — Joshua’s spies emerge from hiding from the Jerichoites, then return to their commander. (Joshua 2:16, 22)

On the third day — after asking God for release, King Hezekiah is healed of his fatal disease and offers thanks in the temple. (2 Kings 20:5)

On the third day — Jonah is expelled from the fish belly. (Jonah 1:17) (Matt 12:40; cf Matt 16:21; 17:23)

On the third day — After fasting, Esther puts on royal apparel and enters the palace of the Persian king in order to thwart a death-plot against her people, the Jews. (Esther 4:16; 5:1)

And Jesus himself prophesied of himself to his disbelieving disciples:

“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”  Matthew 16:21, KJV

As believers, our major focus is the Cross of Christ. The center of our attention and the axis of our attraction is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We need to major in our major, not the minors.  Minors are denominationalism, sectarianism, creeds and customs, rites and rituals. 

The fault of most and the failure of many is that they major in the minors. The Love of God is our major!  The grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our major!  The joy of the Lord is our major!  Let’s stop majoring in the minors, and minoring in our major.  Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. Jesus loves us, and we are His major. Let’s make Him ours as well.