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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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December 27, 2013 - Small Things, Big Things

By Randy Mantik

"Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones" (Luke 16:10, NLT).

God uses our current life situations to reveal who we really are. That's tough to understand when we are going through something difficult. Those of you who have procured your degree from the School of Hard Knocks know exactly what I'm talking about. But God will not entrust us with more until He sees what we are doing with what we now have.

I remember when I was a child I wanted to operate the tractor with the front-end loader. It looked like fun to be in control of such power. But my dad wouldn't let me. He knew I wasn't ready for it. He just told me to move some gravel with a shovel. That surely didn't sound like much fun! As he was exhorting me about my bad attitude, he would quote the verse from Luke 16: "Unless you are faithful in small things … " At the time, it didn't settle very well, but he was so right.

Throughout my life, I have learned to see the wisdom and value of what my dad was trying to teach me through the Scriptures. I tend not to apply myself unless it is some task I consider big and important. Oh, the opportunities I've missed! Does God want me to wait to be faithful? No! He wants my best now.

A friend of mine gave me this quote as I was embarking on a difficult challenge: "There is always room for someone who wants to do it right." I have found that true time after time. The wise Solomon said, "Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men" (Proverbs 22:29, NIV).

Don't worry that you will spend your life doing something obscure and trivial. Do what is at hand. And trust that God will use it for His kingdom's sake. Oh, and by the way, there is no such thing as a small task in the kingdom of God. Everything is important. Each task prepares us for what is to come.

A pastor I served with told me of a former ministry intern. One of the things the pastor had asked the intern to do was make photocopies of the bulletin. The intern wouldn't do it! He didn't think he needed to, or would ever have to in ministry. A year later, he found himself in a ministry position at a missions office in Europe. You guessed it. One of his responsibilities was doing the photocopying. God always has the last laugh, doesn't He?

Small things, big things — it makes no difference. God uses all things to do His good work in our lives.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint Assembly of God in Portage, Wis.

 

 

 

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