Little Things are Big Things
by Jaymark Molo
Illustration: “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” — Bruce Barton
FCF: The importance of little things is underrated because they are small, (but they supply much of the actual discipline of life). —Ellen White
Proposition: Since (“en ho” [causative]) the Lord would return someday; we should be faithful to every single gift until He comes (Luk. 19:12).
I. Since the Lord would return someday; we should be liable to every single gift until He comes (19:13).
A. Resources for fulfilling the master’s commands are gifts for which the servants are accountable to the master (9:12, 13).
B. The phrase “put this money to work” implies that they are held accountable to the money (9:13).
B.1. “My greatest thought is my accountability to God.” —Daniel Webster
B.2. On his first day of teaching his class of 250 college freshmen, R.C. Sproul carefully explained the assignment of three term papers – due on the last day of September, October, and November. Sproul clearly stated there would be no extensions (except for medical reasons). At the end of September, some 255 students dutifully turned in their papers, while 25 remorseful students quaked in fear. “We’re sorry,” they said. “We didn’t make the proper adjustments from high school to college, but we promise to do better next time.” He bowed to their pleas for mercy and gave them an extension, but warned them not to be late next month. The end of October rolled around, and about 200 students turned their papers, while 50 students showed up empty-handed. “Oh, please,” they begged, “it was homecoming weekend, and we ran out of time.” Sproul relented once more but warned them, “This is it.” No excuses next time. You will get F.”
Then end of November came, and only 100 students turned in their papers. The rest told Sproul, “We’ll get it soon.”
“Sorry,” Sproul replied, “It’s too late now. You get an F.”
The students howled in protest, “That’s not fair,”
“OK,” Sproul replied, “you want justice, do you?” Here’s what’s just: you’ll get an F for all three papers that were late. That was the rule, right?
“The students had quickly taken my mercy for granted,” Sproul later reflected. “ They assumed it. When justice suddenly fell, they were unprepared for it. It came as a shock, and they were outraged.” Matt Woodley, “The Grieving Heart of God”
B.3. How is your relationship with God right now? Have you spent adequate time in Bible study and prayer? How is your Christian witnessing? What are the specific tasks facing you right now that you consider incomplete? How are you doing to your roommates? How was your integrity when you had exam? Have you exposed yourself to any sexually explicit material? Have you just lied to me?
II. Since the Lord would return someday; we should lengthen every single gift until He comes (19:16, 18).
A. Static preservation of God’s gift is to betray the one who gives them. There will be no lazy people in Heaven!
B. Humility (Gratitude and Thankfulness) is appropriate response in his service. The faithful servant tells the master, “Your minas has produced…” (rather than, “My hard work has achieved…”) [19:16, 18].
B.1. “Salvation always produces works, however works never produces salvation.”
III. Since the Lord would return someday; we should be loyal to every single gift until He comes (19: 20).
A. Unfaithfulness distorted the disobedient servant’s vision of his master. This led him to radically misjudge his master’s nature (19:21).
B. Jesus is clearly the generous master who expects loyalty from his followers, and in his own good time he will make an accounting with them, to the joy of some and the disappointment of others (19:22-25).
B.1. We should not waste our time waiting and longing for large opportunities, which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming for your attention.
Conclusion: A British journalist once asked Mother Teresa how she kept going, knowing that she could never meet the needs of all the dying in the streets of Calcutta. She replied, “I am not called to be successful; I am called to be faithful.” (19:26)