Daily Devotion

Faithful In That Which Is Least

By: Marissa Wolf

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Luke 16:10

How much do we appreciate what the Lord has given us? Do we take great care of the things the Lord provided for us? Are we faithful and diligent in upkeeping the tasks that the Lord has put in our paths? Are we good stewards of our earthly circumstances? It is important that we are faithful and just in the least and to maintain a servant’s heart and a Spirit of meekness. It is usually the “least” things that aren’t really our favorite things to do that often get shoved aside for later and our passion for them is lacking compared to our passion for things in other areas of our lives. To us, they may seem meaningless or bring forth a lot of overwhelming stress. Maybe it’s something as doing the dirty job and procrastinating on it such as scrubbing the food stains off of the dishes, the piles upon piles of dirty laundry that needs to be washed, folded, or put away, maybe it’s a project that your wife keeps asking you to do for her, but you keep putting it off, etcetera, or whatever it is that you’ve saved to be the least. 

We are called to do things heartily as unto the Lord, not unto men or ourselves. God gets the glory in all things including something as simple as housework, yardwork, mechanics, our career, etcetera. There are hard parts in each task that can tend to overwhelm us, but we are called to be good stewards and complete what the Lord has us placed in. (See: 1 Corinthians 4:2).

While we do these tasks we learn to find contentment in Christ. (See: 1 Timothy 6:6-12, Hebrews 13:5, and Philippians 4:11). Just look around you and count all of the blessings the Lord has surrounded and provided you with. Food on the table, breath in your lungs, a place to call home and to rest your head at night, earthly beloved ones who love you, perhaps a job to go to, children to take care of, a church to go to, etcetera. If we aren’t content with the little blessings and the little tasks, we aren’t going to be content or faithful with the great tasks and blessings. We can practice contentment by praying to the Lord by thanking Him for this dirty dish as we knew we were able to feed one of our beloved ones with it and we were able to provide them with a happy belly filled with delicious goodness. (See: Philippians 4:6).

We can thank Him for the high number mileage on our vehicle as He was able to provide us to travel to multiple places and made it back home safe and sound, we can thank Him for the pet hair that likes to multiply fastly everywhere in our homes and the companionship the pet brings us and our beloved ones. While we clean, tidy up, or perform our tasks we can pray about anything and everything to the Lord. We can do it before and after the task, with some tasks that are more involved it might be hard to pray during, however we can still find ways to glorify the Lord through it all. For example, how can we give the Lord the glory when we’re in our vehicle on the road while we’re going to work, church, to run errands, or an appointment, meeting up with someone, going on vacation, and coming back home? Do we pray? Do we do things that honor the Lord while we’re on the road? What kind of music are we listening to? What kind of activities are the passengers performing? What is the center of the conversations that are going on? What are we doing on our technological devices? Where does our attitude of heart lie when on the road? Are we considerate to those around us or do we let the rageful wrath flow? These are some great places to start with switching out what satisfies the flesh to what glorifies Christ! (See: Galatians 2:20 and Matthew 16:23-26).

If gratitude of being faithful isn’t in our hearts when we do the least, how can it be in us when we do the greatest? We won’t be satisfied if it were doubled, if we aren’t first satisfied when it’s singled. We have to start practicing with the least and then godliness with contentment will grow in us when we get to the faithful and just also in much age.

We have to do it heartily as unto the Lord with our whole heart, without grumbling and complaining. (See: Philippians 2:14-16 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Not just settling to check it off of the daily to-do list or have your honey check it off of their honey-to do list. We have to do it with a Christ-like attitude not with a woe-is-me attitude. Maybe we have a coworker, client, or customer who makes us grumpy or uncomfortable, maybe we have a strong-willed child, maybe we’re just having a really hard day and our attitudes are just stinky and overall can’t seem to find joy in performing any task. We’re supposed to find joy in Christ, not in the things below. (See: Philippians 4:4). If we place our joy in our earthly circumstances of course we’re going to be cranky and ungrateful for the tasks set before us. Earthly things will fail to provide us joy for they are temporal, not everlasting. (See: Matthew 24:35). If we’re not finding joy, it’s not because Christ isn’t there with us, it’s because we have left Him. (See: Romans 3:23 and Isaiah 53:6). We become unsatisfied without Christ. If our hearts and soul are partially satisfied, the desire is there, but perhaps it’s been shifted to the wrong place or we are too attached to the earthly things or sinful emotions and attitudes instead of our hearts being fully in Christ. (See: Mark 12:30). We have to be willing to give up the part of our hearts that are partial to things outside of Christ so our heart, soul, and life can be fully devoted to Him alone! (See: Luke 9:23, James 1:2-4, and Colossians 3:2).

If we are having the stinky and cranky woe-is-me attitude we must remember that we have a Spirit of meekness that the Lord has given us. (See: Matthew 5:3-12). We need to discern when we need to lay our burdens to the Lord and take it to Him and to others in prayer. We need to learn when the time is right for encouragement and building up. (See: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11). Is our trauma dumping of complaints really what they want to hear? We can do this without spreading gossip and rumors. This isn’t healthy nor is it honoring Christ. Gossiping is a sin that needs to be brought to the Lord and repented of. (See: Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 34:13, Luke 6:31, and Acts 3:19). Jesus yes, He wants to hear everything you have to say. For others on earth in your earthly circumstances surrounding you, there is a time and place, but if it’s not right then do not proceed, but rather find a private place and go to the Lord to pray and just lay your burdens down and ask Him for whatever you may need such as understanding, patience, wisdom, kindness, self-control, etcetera. (See: 1 Peter 5:7).

Do you have the great gain of godliness with contentment? Are you stewarding the Lord’s provisions for you as He has called you to do or are you going about it in your own way? How faithful are you in the least? Are we truly walking in the plan and purpose that the Lord has for us? Are you a grumbler or are you a thanker? Where do you take your grumbling and thankfulness too, is it the Lord or elsewhere?

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:23-24