Peace family, how can we be faithful in the little?
It can be so tempting at times to praise certain tasks as successful, important, or really godly, but feel inferior in our small tasks, and even assume that certain things are unimportant. It can even be tempting to shirk our duty in the things that seem small, but we need to ask ourselves every once in a while, “Am I living out God’s plan and victory for my life in my small choices and behaviors?” I know that when I get tired and worn out, a lot of the “small” things can easily slide. I also get very tempted every so often, to feel like I am not doing anything important with my life. However, God doesn’t necessarily expect us to do epic things; he gets pleasure merely from our life of obedience to Him.
The Bible says, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord,” (Colossians 3:23) and it also says that God is more delighted by our obedience than by sacrifices (I Samuel 15:22.)
Are we faithful at our work? Are we truthful and honoring God with what comes out of our mouths? Are we honest and virtuous in all of our dealings? Are we kind to those who don’t deserve it? Are we taking care of the vulnerable people that God has placed in our care? Are we forgiving those who hurt and mistreat us? Are we men and women of integrity and courage?
Of course, none of us are perfect, and there is grace for us in our failures. However, Jesus does say, “If you love me, keep my commands,” in John 14:15. People should be able to know that we are believers because of the love and respect that we display toward God, and the fruit of his Spirit in our lives. When you are being faithful to God, there’s a good chance that people will not praise you, (in fact, they might not even notice, or they might condemn you,) but we bring glory and pleasure to God when we honor him in this way.
Peace family, let’s you and me both take a little time today to pray and think through what areas God might be asking us to obey, as well as about the deep love that he has for us, and how thankful we are for all that he has done for us.