Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.
The following is an excerpt from the devotional book. Books are available for purchase in the church office.
A VERY LITTLE THING
He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous Mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you?
And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own.
Luke 16:10-12 NASB
As a young man in business I read this and pondered its meaning and application in my own life.
He who is faithful in a little thing can also be trusted to be faithful in a big thing.
If I wanted God and others to be able to trust me in big things, I guess I needed to start being faithful in the little things. It would have been easier if Jesus would have given an appendix explaining what "little things" were. This really got me thinking: What does this look like?
Soon thereafter I remember walking along one day, some public place and there was a piece of litter on the ground in front of me.
“Someone should throw that away” I thought.
”Why not you? It’s no big deal...it’s just a little thing.”
Okay. I guess I could, so I turned around and went back to the piece of trash and made a basketball shot toward the trash can as I went on my merry way……it bounced on the rim and fell to the ground next to the trash can and I continued walking.
About 20 steps away I got this gnawing sense that I should go back, pick it up and place it inside the trash can.
“Hey, I got it close to the can,” I thought. “It’s no big deal it just a piece trash.”
“You’re right” I answered myself. “It’s no big deal. It’s just a little thing - a very little thing.” Hmmmmmm! I stopped, turned around, and walked back to the piece of trash, picked it up and this time made sure it made it into the trash can.
As I walked away this time my mind was glued on what had just happened, this “very little thing” stuff wasn’t always going to be easy, it could be downright inconvenient! For the most part “very little things” do not get noticed by others, much less appreciated. (Wait, If no-one sees me being faithful in these little things how will they know that they can trust me in big things?)
Here was a defining moment in my life. God notices the “very little things” Right there in my heart I determined that I would continue to give my attention to the “very little things” in my life.
Now mind you I didn’t start picking up every piece of litter I come across but I did start tending to the details of the quiet voice inside me that was prompting me to:
- Correct an inaccurate statement I made in a business transaction,
- Follow through with what I said I would do, even if no one would know or see that I did it.
- Ask forgiveness for a wrong action or harsh word I said to another.
- Make restitution for things I had done wrong in the past, even when no one knew I had done wrong.
- Keep my commitments, even when I thought they were unnecessary and unappreciated.
Now for some of you this may all seem a bit stiff and maybe even qualify as a little “legalistic”. However, for me it was the start of a journey of understanding faithfulness. It shaped how I ran my business and handled my money. It entered into my relationships with my wife and children, friends and neighbors.
It also launched me into practicing the next two things Jesus mentioned in Luke 16:11-12.
- Read Luke 16:11-12. What other two ways did Jesus give to test the faithfulness of a person?
- What one little thing are you going to be more faithful in?
- Does God really observe our lives and then entrust us with true riches based on how we handle the small things he has given us? If this is true, how should I live my everyday life?