Monday, September 20, 2010

Faithful in Little

God's story comes in, meets our story and changes it. Kaboom! God quake!

We're never the same again. We want to change the world, but in reality, historically, very few people ever really do. Most of us are struggling to get the house cleaned, the kids off to school, hold on to our job and meet the needs of others while still getting the lawn mowed. Life isn't long, but it's hard, in case you haven't caught the national news lately.

When we are faced with the AIDS crisis or slave trade, we pause, disappointed at the state of the world, then fight off those wayward, unruly, despotic things called thoughts that mess with our loftiest ideals. Before we know it, it has become quite easy to be cynical and negative, bored and lazy. We wanted to change the world, but the world has changed us.

"He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?" ~Luke 16:10, 11

Changing the world is not about having a grand destiny and waiting wide-eyed until God shows you the big things He will do through you someday. Paul did what God called him to do each day. He wasn't negative and cynical about his circumstances or people. He didn't whine or create militant hurtful slogans. He didn't beat up the church for not being what he thought it should be.

He ran the race with his eyes on the prize. One day at a time, one person at a time, he saw a need and met it. When he finished his race, his life had mattered. God had changed the world through him.

Step up. Put a serving towel over your arm and minister to people out of the joy that God has given you. Will you change the world? Probably not. Very few people in history ever have, but you'll change your small corner of the world and even more importantly, it will change you.

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