One who is faithful in a little thing is faithful also in much!
Faithfulness in little things is an admirable quality! Many of us would like to be more faithful in the little things.
Faithfulness is a necessary quality of Messiah’s Bride-Candidates.
Bride-Candidates are Believers in and followers of Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]. Bride-Candidates desire to be among the Wise Virgins who go in with Messiah to the Marriage Supper.
The Bride-Candidates’ attractiveness and beauty is seen in their faithfulness to the very little things of God’s Word. This is an important feature in identifying who the Bride-Candidates are.
Yahushua exhorts His disciples to be faithful in the little, seemingly ‘unimportant’ things:
Yahushua said… “He that is faithful in that which is least [the little things] is faithful also in much [the greater things]: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10)
Faithfulness in the great and important things, begins with our being faithful in the small matters, the very little things. Faithfulness in little things reflects how we handle the small, personal matters of daily life, as well as how we treat others in seemingly small matters.
Our growth in faithfulness begins, when we seek to be faithful in those things we might consider least important. We might even say that the doorway or entrance to faithfulness in great and important matters, is our willingness to be faithful in the least of matters.
Derek Prince used to say: “The small things are just as great as the great things!”
The way we handle little things is very revealing!
A particular feature of little things is that they reveal a great deal about our character. Our attention to little things, or our neglect of little things, reveals either what is good about our character, or what is lacking in our character.
More often than we would like to admit is the fact that our manner of handling little things reveals the inclination of our character, whether it be good or bad! What we do and what we say regarding little things, can uncover deep-rooted tendencies.
The way we attend to little things reveals either a leaning toward. . .
- honour and respect for Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], and His people, or. . .
- a leaning toward worldly conformity, laziness, dishonesty, and self-importance.
The way we manage little things reveals our character and our motives. Our attention to little things exposes the truth of our commitment to becoming a ‘DO-er’ of Yah’s Word, or our lack of commitment thereof.
The Quality of Our Character
Father God is much more interested in our character than in our intellect, our talents, or our abilities.
Why is this?
Because it is our character that will continue with us into eternity. Cultivating the quality of our character is eternally worthwhile!
Our attention to what may ‘seem’ to be small or insignificant is an indicator of the quality of our character. The quality of our character is seen in how we maintain faithfulness, integrity, and trust-worthiness in small matters.
- Character is what integrity is all about!
If we are a person of integrity, then we will be seeking to be faithful to godly, virtuous, honest behaviour and speech — seeking to live our lives in harmony with Yahuwah’s Word.
Our integrity is our honest and trust-worthy conduct and reputation.
A person of integrity wants to maintain truthfulness, honour, and dignity in the midst of all circumstances, whether big or little. And even in the midst of failure, a person of integrity will do the honourable actions of repentance, restitution, and reconciliation.
The Scriptures tell us that:
“The integrity of the upright shall guide them” (Proverbs 11:3a).
If we will be faithful in the little things of daily life, especially in our obedience to the Word of Yahuwah [even in the ‘small’ matters], then our character and our integrity will be as a governing restraint for us. Maintaining integrity in small matters is a guide for us, helping us to walk in Father’s Way, and ultimately, making a doorway into greater matters.
Overall, our integrity will be seen in our diligence to perform and attend to little things — the things which define our faithfulness.
Our faithfulness in little things helps us to keep our conscience clear, tender, and obedient to the nudges of the Holy Spirit. Faithfulness in little things also helps us to practice actions of self-denial (Luke 9:23).
Little Things and Consequences
Father Himself is faithful and attentive to care for the little, very little, things!
If Father is faithful to care for something as little and as insignificant as the sparrows (Luke 12:6), then we too ought to have a faithful and attentive eye on what is small and seemingly in-significant. And perhaps, it may be that sparrows are more significant and valuable than our finite brains can comprehend.
Rather than seeing the little things as insignificant, we need to humble ourselves and regard the little things as being valuable, important, and indeed, as being precious!
Why is this?
Because the consequences of how we handle little things convey a message that is far more important than you or I can realize!
What is often thought of as little, or insignificant, can have BIG consequences, and can ultimately prove to be very significant!
The consequences of how we deal with little things are as ripples on the surface of a pond, when a pebble is thrown into the water. The ripples fan out, and affect the entire pond.
In other words, the way we handle little things affects our entire being, and can enhance or diminish our destination, our character, and our beauty!
Yahuwah’s Enabling Grace
May we never forget the great significance of Yahuwah’s Word, and that His Word touches every area of our lives, big and small, and even intimate!
Father’s Living Word [the Spirit of Messiah Himself] is alive and powerful, and is living within us — and He is worthy of our obedience! And because Father’s written Word is in agreement with the Living Word, the written Word it also worthy of our full obedience, even in the small things — the ‘no-one-will-see-me’ issues.
Loving the truth of Yahuwah’s Word, and then relying on Yahuwah for His help in obeying His Word, is the way we gain His grace. Yahuwah’s grace and strength are given to us when we humble ourselves by our obedience, and by our deliberate attention to the seemingly ‘small’ matters of daily life — and especially the ‘small’ matter of regular private prayer.
Our prayer times are opportunities to admit to Him our need for His help, asking His help to BE faithful in little things.
All of us need His help [His grace], to enable us to be faithful! We must always be ready to acknowledge our great need for His grace, through His Son, Yahushua Messiah, because without His help, we can do nothing!
We need so very much His help to be faithful in the little things!
The Beauty of Holiness
Our faithful attention to little things is part of our honour and worship of Yahuwah in the beauty of holiness (Psalms 96:9). Let us therefore look upon the little things with much more respect and attention!
As we saw in The Key to Gaining Understanding, when we heed the rebuke of our conscience, and we begin to obey that whispered inclination to attend to the little things and do the right thing! — then, our understanding increases, as well as our wisdom!
With Father’s help, we can be faithful and attentive to the little things, and become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading — which will always be in harmony with Yahuwah’s written Word!
May each one of us be willing to ask Father each day for His help regarding the so-called insignificant, ‘little’ things in our life.
Hudson Taylor was a man whom Yahuwah used mightily to accomplish many great things, and to plant the seeds that would eventually result in millions of people receiving the Gospel. Notice what Hudson Taylor said of himself:
“I myself, for instance, am not especially gifted, and am shy by nature, but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me; and when I was weak in faith He strengthened me, while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest on Him, and to pray, even about little things, in which another might have felt well able to handle himself.” — J. Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor moved mightily in demonstrating Yahuwah’s abundance of grace.
When we, like Hudson Taylor, seek Father’s help to be faithful in the ‘little’ things, then Father is faithful to give us His help, mercy, and grace — His enablement — so that we can be faithful, even in the very little things.
- The Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth – learning three essential facts about the personal guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Those Who Gathered Little Had No Lack – recognizing Yahuwah’s mercy in the midst of our weakness
- Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience – a look at four clues for acquiring this highly desirable ‘Fruit of the Spirit’
- Fight the Good Fight of Faith
- Faithful in Little Things – a very helpful little devotional by Derek Prince
- Preparing Your Heart
- Seeking God With All Our Heart