Are you faithful in the little things?
- Did you get your daily chores finished before you went to bed, or did you leave some undone so that you could do stuff that may not have been on God’s list?
- Were you faithful in showing love to your spouse and children?
- Did you return that little item? You don’t know exactly how it ended up with you, but you know where it goes.
- Did you spend quality time with God?
- Did you rejoice in the day the Lord has made, or did you grouse?
- Did you remember to thank God for all things?
- Were you respectful to others, counting them as more important than yourself?
- Did you walk and speak with integrity all the day long?
- Were your words needed and edifying? How about your facial expressions?
- Were you wise with your resources: time, money, gifts/talents?
If we are not faithful in the little things, that is an indicator that our faith is small.
God trains our faith. Notice the disciples. In Luke 17, Jesus is in the midst of teaching them about temptations, trespasses, and forgiveness. As happens so many times with the apostles and with us, they were cloudy as to the meaning of Jesus’ Words. Verse 5: And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
One of the first and most important lessons in faith-training is to read God’s Word. He tells us to pray that He will increase our faith.
Pray God to increase your faith.
Also in God’s Word are hundreds of examples for us to follow or learn from:
Noah, by faith, built the ark that saved humanity. He probably did not jump into faith the moment God called him to start collecting gopher wood. Like all of us, he started by being faithful in the little things.
I’m guessing Abram, when he was little, had many little lessons in faith. In adulthood, he was able to, in faith, fully obey his God. How? Abraham had learned that God is always faithful, that God always loved him, and that God would always protect him.
Joseph’s faith was tested in his teens when his brothers sold him into slavery. He was faithful in Potiphar’s house, he was faithful in prison (remember that part about thanking God for all things?), and he was faithful as a high ruler in Egypt. Here, too, Joseph probably had much faith-training as he grew up, and was rewarded time and again for that growing faith.
David was called the Friend of God. He learned as a boy how faithful God is, and he carried that with him all his life.
Study the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. All these people were able to look back on their own lives. What did they see first? The faith of God. And they could see what God had worked through them.
Faith does not come easily. God has designed us so that we learn through trials, tribulations, and struggles. It has to be that way because our flesh is so strong, and we must learn to put away the flesh.
James 1.2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
AND – look what God can do through those who are faithful!
In the Bible, we get to see the results of the faithful work of others. Every once in a while, God gives us a peek at the results of our own faithfulness (I love it when He does that!). We know not what God intends when we carry out His tasks, when we are faithful stewards with the resources He gives us. Sometimes we get a peek at the results when we are not faithful. Arrrghh! Those are faith-lessons, too.
Are you faithful in the little things? Is your faith increasing? What is God showing you about faith?
Hebrews 11.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.