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Faithful in Small Things

Small Things

As I sit here really struggling over today’s entry, I am reminded of the verse that talks about our being faithful in small things. I want God to do big things in me and through me but am I doing the small things faithfully?

How about you? Let’s work through this together.

Matthew 25:21 ESV

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

At a Full Run

I love to watch horse racing, but I do not bet or even keep up with stats. I just love to watch them at a full run! It takes my breath away!

Years ago, David had a horse. Her name was Trudi. He got her when she was young before she was saddle broken. He slowly, patiently gained her trust as he put different parts of her equipment on to help her get accustomed to it. If he went too fast, added too much too soon, she would freak out the way horses do. After many hours of patiently working with her, he was able to ride her. Each step of the process was leading to an end result. He needed her to trust him so he could trust her. Their relationship was one of mutual trust.

Walking before Running

Like Trudi, racehorses cannot start out running at a full gallop. They have to be lead, taught, and trained. The rider must know he can trust the horse to walk, obey, and stop when he needs her to.

Racehorses have to be faithful with a little before they are given much. The rider must know that if he bearly pulls back on that bridle, that the horse will immediately obey. Then he can let her run.

Let’s have a closer look at our verse:

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Jesus told this parable. This master had left his servant in charge of some of his money while he was away on business. The servant had taken the money, invested it and earned more money for the master. Obviously, the master was very pleased when he returned.

“‘You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much…”

Like the horse and rider, because of the servant’s faithfulness, he was given more freedom to be a benefit to the master.

“…Enter into the joy of your master.'”

Because he had been faithful, this servant was honoured and given more responsibility.

Little to Big

I am easily distracted and tempted to not focus where I should. I let other things get in the way until the things God has called me to be faithful to do get my leftovers.

This I know: A million good things will never replace the one great thing. No matter how trivial the great thing seems, I (we) must choose that one thing if I am being obedient to God. Obedience is where the big things are… the great things.

The life of a believer, me, you… any believer is to be to serve and obey God above everything else. This is how we get to see God do the big things.

How about you? Do you want to see God do big things in you and through you?  Maybe not even public things, but big things?

May we be faithful in the things we are doing right now in our churches, our jobs, our families, our homes… That is where He has us, and I for one am going to be more focused on the things I know He is calling me to do – no more leftovers.

When God bearly, pulls back on my bridle, I want to immediately obey.

Let’s Pray:

Thank You, Lord, for Your Word. Help us to seek You and follow You in all we do. Please, help us to be faithful in what we are supposed to be doing on a daily basis. Help us not to be distracted by a million good things and sacrifice the great things You are leading us to. Make us what You want us to be. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 25:14-30