The daily things of life can seem rather small. Paperwork, laundry, dishes, errands . . . these are not tasks of earth-shattering importance.
Or are they?
Common things such as these only seem small until you add them together. Then the small things gain some weight and girth, perhaps even enough to have some importance or influence on the world (well, at least on my world!).
Well, I admit that I tend to put the seemingly bland, common things lower on my list while pushing the razzle-dazzle things to the top. But that’s not the principle for living that Jesus taught. He tells us that “he who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (Luke 16:10).
hmmm . . . so the little things are a gauge, of sorts.
Do I see the “small” things God has plopped in my lap as having equal weight and importance as the “razzle-dazzle” things I wish He would plop in my lap? Is it even possible to measure obedience on such a scale?
In my daily feast on the Word, I’ve been reading about Moses and God’s call on him to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt. (I’d call that a razzle-dazzle task.)
But as Moses sets off to obey, God stops him because he has failed to be faithful in the “small” thing of the covenant—he had not circumcised his son, which was to be the mark of God’s covenant with His people to set them apart from everyone else. God prompted Moses to obey in the “small” thing before setting out to do the “razzle-dazzle” thing.
From this, God is teaching me that there are some tasks that are daily acts of covenant keeping. These confirm that I am set apart for a purpose. I need to be responsible for my self and my life and the people in my care. I need to do paperwork, laundry, dishes, and errands.
Then there are tasks that are leaps of faith and obedience because of the covenant. These show the purpose for which I was set apart. I have the privilege of proclaiming my hope in Jesus to the hurting . . . and going to help the poor and hungry . . . and investing in others so they follow hard after Jesus.
Looking at it like that, both sorts of obedience seem rather important, huh?