Small Things

This past weekend I led a team of Liberty University students to Jackson, TN to SoulQuest Church. This past weekend was SoulQuest’s first public service ever. It was an awesome learning experience. We were assigned to pass out invite cards and to strike up conversation about Jesus and SoulQuest. It was so much fun, but it was hard work. It was tedious. It wasn’t sexy. It wasn’t glamorous. We all learned that church planting is more than the cool services and life changing discipleship groups. Church planting is hard work. It’s done in the small things. 

We all understand this. Cops get to catch bad guys, but if they ever want to excel and get to higher positions they have to do the paperwork. The small things. Teachers get to teach the next generation, but they also have to grade papers. The small things.

The small things in our life tend to be the hardest.

Jesus shares a parable in Luke 16 about this terrible manager who loses his boss’s money. Not a good idea in this situation. Or ever for that matter. This manager was not faithful in the small parts of his job. The tedious things in his life were rejected or done poorly. He wasn’t faithful in the small things.

Jesus used this as a teaching point in Luke 16:10 saying, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (NIV) 

Being faithful in the small things looks a lot like hard work. 

You want to be used by God? Work hard.

Want to be a good leader? Serve in the small ways that no one will ever recognize.

Want to be a good teacher? Do research that no one will ever see.

Want to be a NASCAR driver? Learn to not pee for hours on end.

Whatever you want to do in life is going to require hard work. Regardless of the occupation, if we want to be better than the average Joe and honor God to the fullest, we have to do the small things. 

Being faithful in the small things looks a lot like hard work.

Figure out what you want to do, then do the small things that suck and smell like hard work. Then you’re being faithful to what God has given.

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