Not big, but faithful

GuitarMusicians were praising, ushers welcoming, people singing, and children learning about the Word of God. Prayer was uttered from the hearts and mouths of many, and those doing sign language worshipped just as others lifted up voices. People counted money, wrote sermons and lessons, prepared songs, set up tables, cleaned chairs, and prepared food. So many tasks, all faithfully done as each person did what was given to them. Here just a glimpse into the family of God, His beloved church.

When I worked at the hospital, I remember having to leave early some Sundays to attend shifts in the emergency department. I never seemed to be alone in this, but usually found at least one other person needing to leave church early for work. We encouraged each other as we left for work on those Sundays, glad that we could have had some time to worship with our family in Christ, and glad also to know that someone else would be in the workplace desiring to shine for Christ that day.

What about during the week? On Sunday we might be gathered in one place, but during the week we are still gathered as one people under Christ, with one Spirit, and one God.

I am curious about what people do throughout their week. I love hearing them share how they see God working in their friendships and workplaces. I love celebrating these testimonies, knowing that from all walks of life, with different gifts and experiences, united by the grace of God, we are together carrying His love into the world.

It might not be big, but it is faithful, and faithfulness is big in God’s eyes.

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The Bible commends faithfulness.

[Luke 16:10] – “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”

[Galatians 5:22-23] – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness, self-Control. Against such there is no law.”

[Romans 14:12] – “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

The Bible also tells us that greatness is found in servanthood.

[Matthew 20:26] – “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”

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The big things of God’s kingdom are so often found in mustard seeds; faith, carefully planted and grown. We do this with hearts ready to serve, ready to love, ready to give glory to God in whatever we do, wherever we are. We do this when we bring joy into our workplaces even when facing challenges there, when we greet a stranger and embrace them with love, when we give up our time to serve others whether in building friendships, in a ministry team, or on the mission field.

We might not all write books, or speak at big conferences, but we can all be faithful and it is this faithfulness in little things that grows our character. So, let us be faithful when we wash the dishes at home, when we prepare something to share with our life group, when we attend the worship team practice, and when we greet the person sitting alone.

Let us be faithful and remember that whatever we do, we do it unto God!

[Colossians 3:17] – “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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