His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:21
All of us have a desire for significance. It has been implanted within us by the God who created us. In our lives, problems result when we seek that significance apart from our Creator.
One of the ways that we attempt to prove our worth is by doing big things; having a big impact. The larger the impact, the thinking goes, the better our work for God. We want results to prove our closeness to God.
But the verse above from Matthew says that our faithfulness is actually demonstrated in the little things. If we can stay rooted in Christ and believe the truth of who we are in the circumstances that seem insignificant to us, then we can be trusted with much.
There is a temptation in the big things: we will look to them for our significance instead of God.
So the pastor only feels effective if church attendance it big.
An author only feels successful if they sell a lot of books.
A parent determines their effectiveness by the career path of their child.
A business owner gains significance from making more money.
The list can go on and on.
The false self seeks big things for a sense of value. God gives big things when we are secure and rooted in Him.
Today at the Igniting Souls Conference that I am attending, I was reminded that impact is magnified when someone I influence goes on to influence another.
Better to impact one person deeply than have a hundred people notice me.
I want big things. To sell lots of books and speak to lots of people. But I cannot let that desire take me away from being faithful where I am right now.
It was a good reminder: to be faithful and present one life at a time.
In what area of your life are you tempted to give up because your results are not big enough?
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