Jesus delights in the faithfulness and joy with which you do the "little things" he assigns you.
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ” Matthew 25:21 (esv)
I was having lunch one day with a friend and she told me a story that reminded me of the above verse. She said that she had taken her eighty- five-year-old mother-in-law to the doctor that morning. Because the older woman is in such poor health, it took much longer getting out of the house, to the doctor, in and out of the office, and back home than one might think. By the time it was over, a simple trip had taken the better part of the day.
My friend said that when they arrived back home, her mother-in-law had tears in her eyes. She said, “Thank you for taking me. I am sorry it took so long. I know you have better things to do with your time than this.” My friend’s response was through tears as well. She said the Lord gave her the words to say, “Mother, I have nothing more important to do with my time than to take care of you. It is a privilege to be with you during
this time of life.”
When Jesus related the parable of the good and faithful servant in Matthew, I believe one of His points was to emphasize the value of little things. So often we tend to think of what is spiritual or important in grandiose terms, but in this parable, as well as in the life of Jesus, we see that the little things were often what concerned Him. I believe there was no greater thing my friend could have done with her time that day than to minister to her mother-in-law. She won’t get her name in the paper for it; in fact, no one much will ever know. But Jesus does, and for our faithfulness in little things, He says, “Enter into the joy of the Master.”
FAITH STEP: What “little thing” has Jesus assigned to you today? Do it with joy in your heart, knowing He sees and is delighted by your faithfulness.
Written by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry