Faithful in the Little Things

There is very little notoriety on earth for “little things” that people of God do, but to God, they are huge things.  An act of gentleness seems to be so small, yet Paul tells us that acts of gentleness and kindness restores people.  Galatians 6:1&2 state, If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness…Bear one another’s burdens.”  Acts of gentleness and kindness do not march in front of groups and broadcast their feats.  They are done in secret not to degrade what was done in private before an audience of God alone.  Acts of service are done quietly but the Lord God Almighty notices and appreciates each of one those acts done in faith.  Candidly, acts like these are what validates and underpins the kingdom of God.  God is fully attentive even when we don’t think He is.

Matthew 25:14-29 nails it.  I recognize that the following is a rather long passage, but it brings home the truth that those who are faithful in little things bring great joy and appreciation to God, “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 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.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 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.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away’.

Many of us don’t feel we have much to offer.  Do not hide your gifts! Even if it seems to be very little, serve Him with all your might.  Then, you will hear these marvelous words from God, ‘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.’  The kingdom is validated by those of us who are ordinary and walk faithfully before God and others.

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