{Day 10} Faithful in the Small

In Matthew 25:14-30, we encounter Jesus telling the Parable of the Talents. Basically, a master is going on a journey, so he entrusts his money (“talents”) to three of his servants as follows…

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.” – Matt. 25:15 (ESV)

Upon his return home, the master discovers that the first two servants have doubled the money he entrusted to them, while the third servant simply buried his one talent. The master praises the first two for their good work, but responds to the third…

“You wicked and slothful servant…so take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” – Matt. 25:26, 28-29 (ESV)

Similarly, God has placed us where we are – right now – for a reason. And even if we don’t know how God intends to use us, even if we don’t see what God is purposing, even if we don’t understand our call, there are opportunities all around us…

to use the gifts and talents that have been entrusted to us

to serve in the areas where we do see the Lord at work

to be faithful in the small things

Being faithful in the small may often go largely unnoticed and may not seem like much, but the Lord – our Maker and Master – sees the faithfulness.

And while being faithful in the small may not guarantee that we’ll receive a big-by-the-world’s-standards call, and while we shouldn’t be faithful in the small only because we expect something big in return, being faithful in the small does prepare us to hear these words…

“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.” – Matt. 25:21 (ESV)

Are you being faithful in the small?