Oh I remember how frustrated I was when I realized my son, Sam, had taken 3 pieces of candy off the counter (that we did not pay for) of the Mexican restaurant and was eating them in the back seat of our car. It would not have been so bad if we were not already half-way home. Once I realized what had happened, I was in a quandary of what to do. Here were some of my thoughts:
- I mean, really? What was Sam thinking? He knows better than that!
- Each piece of candy was only 5 cents each! 5 x 3 = 15 cents!!!
- We go to this same Mexican restaurant almost every week. Can’t I just pay the extra 15 cents the next time we eat there?
- It is Sunday. I am tired and I can hear my comfy bed calling my name. I—need—-a—-nap!
- Is 15 cents worth turning around?
I tried to rationalize myself out of it….but then I felt it. That small, quiet voice in my spirit urging me to do what my flesh did not want to do. It was there for Bryan too. So, without blinking an eye, Bryan whipped us off of the interstate and back we went to the restaurant to pay the 15 cents for the candy. Sam went in, apologized to the restaurant manager and we had a teachable moment right then and there. God began to speak to me about the importance of being trustworthy in the little things.
Surely you are faced with these tests in your life too? Some tiny thing that may go completely unnoticed by the rest of the world, but inside your spirit, you know God is urging you to do the right thing, the hard thing, the inconvenient thing. We are given opportunities to prove ourselves trustworthy and faithful followers of Christ, but often we miss those opportunities because we brush them off as unimportant.
Luke 16:10 says, “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.”
Many times, we are tempted to take the easy road because it is more convenient. Life is hectic and sometimes we choose to ignore the still, small voice of God. The more we ignore His urging, the easier it becomes for us to sin. Before we know it, sinning becomes more and more comfortable for us and we find ourselves out of fellowship with God.
Have you ever found yourself looking for that “next big thing”? I imagine you know what I’m talking about. We want something more grand to come our way. We want our finances to grow, we want our Sunday school class to grow, we want more people to hear our story or see our talent. We strive to live lives of significance and we feel that will only happen if we have more. If you are itching for something new, something bigger, something more grand, I want to encourage you to examine how well you are stewarding what has already been entrusted to you. Are you proving faithful where you are right now? Are you trustworthy? Maybe it’s a better job you are after and you are frustrated because there are no open doors for new opportunities. If so, then I encourage you to examine your heart. Are you really giving your best at your current job? Are you working as for the Lord and not for men?
If we cannot be trusted with the little things, then how can we be trusted with bigger things?
Let’s prove to be faithful and trustworthy servants of God!