Trusted with little
“You have to crawl before you walk”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
“Big things have small beginnings”
These are just a few examples of popular quotes about starting small or taking one step at a time. It’s a well known fact that you have to learn to “walk before you run”... literally. When you set a goal to save a certain sum of money in your savings account, it takes time, many deposits and the discipline of not spending to watch it grow and reach your goal. When you are faithful with saving little by little, you end up with a lot!
In the same vein, the Lord fully understands that our journey with living his way and for him is a process. We have many years (sometimes a lifetime) of bad habits to break. We need to learn what is true and destroy lies we previously believed. It takes practice to put God and others before ourselves. It's literally impossible to change everything overnight. He does not have unrealistic expectations of us. The Bible reminds us that He will give us “our portion at the proper time.” (Matthew 24:45, Psalm 145:15)
Jesus specifically said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little, can also be trusted with much…” (Luke 16:10) I think of this scripture often. I consider and pray…What is my “little”? Lord, what are you entrusting into my care today?
The answer may vary a bit from day to day, but for me it can look something like this:
Taking care of my home and family
Reading His word daily
Praying and checking in on others
Being a listening ear to those around me and giving (biblical) advice when it is asked for, or staying quiet when God nudges me to say nothing in a situation
Going the extra mile to be kind to strangers
Being observant where needs are not being met, and then meet them to the best of my ability
Writing this blog (which is a personal way the Lord has called me to ministry)
Volunteering at church
Donating food, money or other supplies to my church (based on their current need)
Taking care of my body and respecting it as a temple of the Holy Spirit (exercise, balanced diet, etc)
Actively practicing love, forgiveness and patience in all situations
Throwing my burden on the Lord- Every. Single. Day.
Not gossiping. Not judging.
These are just a few examples. The Lord has placed other things on my heart at other times. Every person will have a list that is different, based on the situations of our individual lives. Yours may be to put up with and practice patience with a frustrating coworker. It may be something as simple as being on time for church. It may be something bigger, depending on your situation and walk with the Lord. The point is, Jesus specifically says that when we can be trusted with very little, we can be trusted with much. God wants to give us more. His blessings are never ending. His will is waiting to be done in each and every one of us. But he will NEVER rush the process. He exercises great patience in His perfect love for us. He is so gentle and so kind, that he lets us baby step our way when we need to.
The Lord called me to participate in a mission trip to Poland a couple of years ago. That was one of the best experiences of my life. But had God given that opportunity to me 5 years prior, the timing would have been all wrong since I was still such a spiritual infant at that time. He did not wait until everything was perfect (since in this world it never will be) but He knew when I was personally ready. And as usual, He was 100% right!
At this time in the world, things seem to be on pause in a lot of ways. Life has been shaken up and slowed down in many areas of life due to this Covid-19 virus. Wouldn’t this be the perfect time to approach the Lord, linger, observe and align yourself with what He has deemed as your “little?” He wants to give you so much more! Remember and cling to His promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9 -
“What no eye has seen
What no ear has heard
And what no human mind has conceived-
The things God has prepared for those who love him”
We literally can’t even imagine the goodness He has in store for us! Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us of the promise spoken by the Lord, “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
You are safe resting in His arms. Leave the details to Him and focus on being faithful in the “little” that He has asked of you in this very moment. Show Him with everything you do, that you can be trusted and are ready for His glorious will to be revealed and accomplished in your life. Stay faithful friends. Stay encouraged. God bless you all!
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