The Little Things

“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.” Luke 16:10

Read this verse over and over. What is Jesus whispering to you?

This morning I’m being reminded that it is about the little things. St Teresa of Calcutta is credited with saying “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” If we can’t do the small things how can we be expected to do the big things?

This is another reminder that we must change our own attitudes if we are to change the world. It starts with me. If you want to change the world for the better, then we must change the way we live in it. We can’t expect others to act differently if we continue to act the same way. It starts with a relationship with Jesus. If you want a relationship with Jesus, then we must spend time with Him. Reading His Word, the Bible, Praying for His guidance, thru the Holy Spirit, and loving those around us. A relationship with Jesus doesn’t just happen. It is developed over time as we learn to turn our lives over to Him.

It really is the little things. If we can’t be trusted to spend some time studying God’s Word, how can we expect Him to use us to spread His Word? If we can’t find the time to spend in prayer, how can we expect to receive guidance from Him? I find that the more work I put into my relationship with God the more He uses me. When I become lazy and don’t study then I am useless.

It isn’t too late to start. I know you desire more because you are reading these Daily Meds. Don’t just start and stop with me. I’m just a messenger who is often corrupted by my own desires. Take it further. Pray for guidance. Read more of the Bible. I know it is daunting. Where do you start? You can start with the verse I post and look it up and read before and after it. If you want to read the Bible for the first time, don’t start at the beginning. Follow a plan. There are many out there. Most denominations have a plan for reading the Bible in one year, two years or maybe even three years. I recommend starting with the Gospel of John then read Genesis, followed by Luke and Acts. Read Exodus and then Romans,1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Mathew, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, Ephesians, Hebrews. This is a great start. The hardest to read will be Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Some find Revelation and 1st and 2nd Chronicles hard as well. Read those with commentary which will help you understand.

If you have read the Bible, look for different commentaries on the Bible. Max Lucado is an easy read and gives you great insight. But your denomination also has great commentaries to read as well. Ask your Pastor. If you don’t like reading or find it hard, there are recordings of the Bible that you can listen to. There are also some great movies that tell the story of the Bible as well as studies on video and audio. There are many ways to study God’s word. Find the one that works best for you.

Remember it starts with the little things. Learning God’s word. Praying regularly. Responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit by helping others, loving even your enemies. Saying yes when asked to help or get involved in Church Ministry. Noticing people who just need a smile or someone to talk too. God starts with the little things. The more you can be trusted with those the more God will call you to do. Go live out God’s will.

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