I’ve posted on this before. Little things matter to God. Probably more than we think. I know I can get caught up with doing “big, important, things” while forgetting the little stuff, even when I know what Jesus said in Luke 16:10-11:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” (ESV)
It is always a bit of a tension – trying to determine priorities when confronted with numerous tasks with varying impacts and visibilities. Yet it would appear that we must be diligent to carry out whatever it is that God puts before us because it is important to him whether it is a large, visible task or not. I think “whatever is that God puts before us” is the crux of the tension we face. It is likely that not everything we choose to do (OK, that I choose to do) is put before us by God. It is easy to get caught up in big things and big visions and somehow forget to determine if it is actually God’s work. Maybe he wants me to be more involved in little things, things that no one sees. Maybe the second issue is that we have become so concerned with image that it is far to easy to blow off the little things that people don’t see. D. L. Moody said that,
There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.
Jesus always seemed to get back to the unseen motives, the unseen priorities, the unseen desires of the heart – that which is inside, to explain so much of the external. The Luke passage demonstrates this we read on in chapter 16,
“And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:12-15, ESV)
I’ve been praying today that God might be pleased with the little things that I do … and that I might take care to be faithful in the little things.