“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
Luke 16:10 ESV
It’s the little stuff. It’s always the little stuff.
It’s easy to get motivated about “doing work for God” where the results are immediate and tangible. Or even if the results aren’t tangible, if it gives us the feeling of being a “hero” for God like so many of the people of the Bible.
But when it comes to the fine details of life, that’s where the rubber meets the road. When it comes to the daily tasks involved in self discipline, that’s the “work”, while getting to serve and love others can be the blessing.
Faithfully sticking to the task at hand, whether it is a focus on financial discipline, resisting temptation, or meticulously doing our job to the best of our abilities – sometimes those “little” tasks that are a necessary part of operating in this physical world can feel like the prison walls that are closing in on us.
I really need help with the details.
Seriously, I could be in real trouble when I read this verse and see the details where I fall short – if it were not for the grace of God.
Yes, the conviction, the fear of God that results in my understanding that He doesn’t say, “If you can be trusted in the big stuff, I can trust you in the little stuff” is powerful for me. Because if it was worded that way, a dreamer like me might find confidence instead of being brought low and humbled.
And in being humbled, I find myself in the position where I am safest, spiritually surrendered on my knees at the feet of Christ, seeking forgiveness and guidance.