He who is faithful in what is least is faithful
also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. (Lk
was younger, my father used to scold me for being ignorant to details. For
example, I would wring a wet cloth just a bit and put it at the edge of our
kitchen sink. But Dad pointed out to me that I should wring it as dry as
possible and hang it up so that the cloth could dry quicker and the next person
could use it. Small things matter indeed.
often tend to forget or comfortably ignore small matters, both in our
interaction with others and with God. We think that it doesn’t really matter as
long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Sometimes we may tell a little white lie just
to avoid having to accept that colleague’s dinner invitation. Every now and
then, we might just gossip a bit about brother A and sister B. Maybe we decide
to skip a Sabbath service in order to go to a special event that’s only held
once a year.
Deep inside, we probably know that God is unhappy with our
actions, but we tell ourselves that God surely won’t be that strict as long as we don’t commit a great
sin; after all He understands and forgives our little weaknesses. But is that
really the case?
didn’t care about small matters, why would He stop Moses and Aaron from
entering Canaan just because they struck the rock at Kadesh,
instead of speaking to it (Num 20:1-12)? Why would He reward us even for
sharing a cup of cold water with the least of our brethren?
God Himself is faithful (Deut 7:9; 1
Cor 1:9), Christ was faithful (Heb 3:1-2), and He wants His children to be
faithful too (Rev 2:10). When we take a closer look into the Scriptures, we
discover that faithfulness entails being meticulous in carrying out God’s
commandments—a reflection of His will.
if we are faithful to God in the least, we show our trust in His words and a
high regard towards God. So Dad was right indeed: small things matter—even to
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and
faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler
over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (Mt 25:21)
Questions for Reflection
are the small matters in your life where you tend to ignore God's word?
can you be more faithful to God's word?