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Small Little Trifles
Posted August 27, 2013
Bible Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Today we are going to talk about the small things in life. Things we consider trifles. Little things we say. Little things we do. When you think about it, so many small things in life kind of connect with the bigger things.
I think about the things we do that are little and simple but can accomplish so much. There is a smile on our face. When you wear a smile you become approachable and that can sometimes make all the difference in the world to another person.
What about the tiny things we say? In James 3 it talks about the tongue being a "little member" but there is so much good or so much damage our tongues can cause.
David killed Goliath with one smooth stone. (1 Samuel 17:40,49). Jesus fed the multitude with the loaves of bread and the "few small fishes" (Mark 8:1-9). And look how we are suposed to notice the tiny ant and learn great wisdom from it.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
When we read through Luke 16 about the unjust steward, we see how when we are faithful in the little things, we will be faithful in the big things.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:
and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10
Everything we do in life is not always fun or exciting. Sometimes those small things are just plain tedious but need to be done. You might have or have had one of those "dirty jobs" Mike Rowe talks about. Maybe you are in an aspect of ministry that is not what anyone would characterize as glamorous, but God needs someone in that role.
I think about just the common ordinary things we use in our daily lives that are small things but they have big jobs. Look at the paperclip or staple. They keep us organized and from losing important papers. What about those buttons and fasteners? They have that big job of keeping us dressed. What about a tiny seed? It can grow great things.
Have you ever heard that expression, "It's all in the details"? The details are those little things that combined altogether make up the big things. When it comes to being faithful there are some things we can't overlook.
Being Faithful in Your Prayer Life.
Now I consider prayer a big thing but when it comes down to it, you don't have to do anything large or grand to engage in it. You just have to use your mouth or even just talk to God silently. I'm not going to list all the fantastic and big, large, overwhelming things that prayer can do. I'm sure you already know that.
Being Faithful in Your Worship.
Worship is powerful but can be done anywhere, planned or on the spur of the moment. You don't even have to be inside of a church building to be faithful in worship.
Being Faithful in the Word.
We can all get into the Word of God. In the age we live it, the Bible is accessible to everyone. You can even read it on your computer or for that matter get an app of it for your phone. Just a little time each day in God's Word can impact your life in a big and powerful way.
Being Faithful to Give Thanks.
Thanking God for His blessings should be a little habit that we all have as Christians. Start counting your blessings and your thankful heart will grow by leaps and bounds
Being Faithful in Your Giving.
There's monetary giving and God doesn't ask for much, just tithes and offerings. It's really so little, especially when we consider all of the other ways we spend our money. Giving your time is important too. A few hours of good deeds can accomplish much.
Being Faithful in Spreading the Gospel.
All we have to do to spread the Gospel is to just plant one little seed at a time. It might be by literally telling someone else about Christ. It might be by being an example of a Spirit-led Christian in your daily life. Maybe it is handing out Gospel tracts and witnessing door to door. Look how many we all could lead to Christ if we just started witnessing a little at a time.
I am sure there are many other areas in our lives as Christians that we need to be faithful in. I guess we just need to examine our own hearts to see what we need to work on.
I love reading through Hebrews 11 and I find myself reading through it more and more lately. The faith of those mentioned there always inspires me and encourages me in my own faith.
Have you ever noticed those last several verses of Hebrews 11? These people's lives were not easy, but they were faithful.
...and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
In verses 33 and 34 we see what big and powerful things their faith did.
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
I want so much for my own faith to grow like that. I'm sure these people were faithful in the little things. Look at what they accomplished through God.
We don't get to see the whole picture of how little things add up in our lives. We may think something is just a trifle of a thing but God might have something marvelous worked out down the road that we just can't see or may never see.
Are you familiar with that old hymn, Little is Much? One of the verses says the following.
Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
Kittie L. Suffield
So, are you faithful in the little things?
Copyright ©2013 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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