“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
Little things matter … in life … relationships … and with God!
There are occasions in life where recognition and reward are not given for a job well done whether by oversight, prejudice, etc. But the Lord has a way of rewarding the honesty, integrity, and character of those who strive to do their very best.
The truth of the matter is … if we are truly the “people of God” … then we recognize who the real Master is. And His expectations are fair but are intended to better prepare us for spending an eternity with Him in Heaven.
It is when we learn the value of doing our best, not being satisfied with giving only some effort to our responsibilities, that our society has a better chance of being productive, and the Lord is honored and glorified.
The Christian’s vocation in life is singular … submission, service, and obedience to the Lord first! Everything and everyone comes after Him and is to be placed in its proper place.
It is our privilege and our responsibility “to hold forth the light” in a very dark world and that requires staying focused … “living godly and righteously in this present world.”
So in a very practical way … all of these truths require each of us to do the following:
- We must resist the temptation to let Satan and his “devices” … pull us into a place of despair and make us just one more of their many victims.
- We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and benefit from those who have followed Him and trusted Him …to become a ray of hope in this world ourselves.
- We must ensure that we are striving our very best to stay focused “on things above” (Colossians 3:1-3).
- We must always desire to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) … because we have tasted the “bread of life” and drink often from the well that provides “living water” (1 Peter 2:1-3).
The preeminence of Christ (which is a major theme of Colossians) …if it is to be in our lives … is to be reflected in all aspects of our lives!
And when this is so … we will be better at every relationship … every task … every responsibility! Why? Because the Lord does not expect perfection of us … but He does expect each one of us to “Strive unto perfection.”
As God’s people … “citizens of a heavenly kingdom” … we must do our best at everything we do. We are to cultivate over time the habit of doing the “little things” well.
The real test of our calling as His people is not how well we do before the eyes of others in public Bible study and worship services on Sunday.
It is just how judiciously and carefully we take care of our responsibilities, choices, thoughts, words, and deeds every single day, to God, others, and ourselves.
We know don’t we …there are those times when there is nobody around to see or hear or observe how we treat this world we are living in!
Wherever you are … whomever you are with … always be all in for the Lord and His great cause … the salvation of every soul!
May it be said of each of us … especially in these busiest of times …that our words, our actions, our expressions are always in kindness and love and bring honor to our Lord and King.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with great responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10, NLT)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.
Don’t forget to spend some time in your daily Bible reading.