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Today’s Truth

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things’

Matthew 25:23

Friend to Friend

When people ask me how I got started in ministry, I tell them I started by writing for free publications for free for 10 years. This is not what most people want to hear.

When I tell them I started by folding newsletters in the den of my home for several years, they seem crestfallen.

When I tell them I started out by cleaning the bathrooms in our first little ministry office, they seem confused.

“No, I mean how did you get started writing and speaking?” they ask.

“I’m telling you,” I reply. “This is how I got started. Being faithful in the little things. By doing what God led me to do on any particular day.”

I never had a big ol’ dream to be a speaker and a writer, but that’s what God had planned for me. I just put one obedient foot in front of the other and that is where the path led.

We don’t obey God in the seemingly small assignments in order to get the bigger ones. However, God will never entrust someone with a big assignment who has not proved herself trustworthy in the small.

When God invites you to join Him in His work, what you do next reveals what you truly believe. If you trust Him completely and follow His lead in the great dance of obedience, then you will experience the spins, twirls, and lifts of the glory life Jesus came to give. If you decide to sit this one out because of fear, then the chairs along the wall are positioned just for you to sit and watch the less fearful wow the crowd. But know this: The band is playing your song.

When God extends His invitation to join Him in the divine dance of obedience, the time to accept is at that very moment. We have about 10 to 30 seconds before common sense talks us out of obeying God’s promptings. The time to act is as soon as you sense the Spirit calling you to move.

When my husband and I took ballroom dance classes (We called it Dancing with the Scars), I remember complaining to the dance instructor, “How many times are we going to have to go over the one-two-three-four of the foxtrot? I’m tired of making these little boxes. I want to move around the room! I want to dip and swirl!”

“As soon as you learn to follow your husband’s lead and master the basic steps,” she replied. Only then will we move on to fancier moves.”

As you live and move and have your being in Him, the places He will lead you will become more and more glorious as you learn to relinquish control and trust Him. Big assignments begin with a thousand tiny “yeses.” Small steps of obedience become beautiful sweeping moves of faith.

But first…you have to take the little steps.

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, forgive me for wanting the big assignments and not being faithful to do the seemingly smaller ones. Help me to remember that every time I obey You, even when the tasks seem insignificant, You smile and say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”

I love You,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read 1 Samuel 16 and note when David was anointed as king.

What did he do between 1 Samuel 16 and 1 Samuel17? (Hint: Baa Baa)

What did David do between 1 Samuel 17 and 2 Samuel 2? Just scan the headings.

And as they say, “the rest is history.”

Are you ready to be used by God? If so, click over to my Facebook page and leave a comment that says, “I will be faithful in the little things!”

More from the Girlfriends

Do you find yourself longing to hear God’s voice—not as a once-in-a-lifetime experience but on a daily basis? Do you have a desire to see His fingerprints on the pages of your busy life? It is not a matter of does He speak, but will we listen. More than a “how to” book, Becoming a Woman Who Listens to God is a warm, fun, tender look at recognizing some of the wonderful and unexpected ways God reaches out to us with His love and presence. You will feel refreshed, reaffirmed, and renewed as you engage in listening to the One who loves to talk to you.

9 Responses to “Big Assignments begin with Tiny “Yeses””

  1. Mai Tran says:

    Hi, thank you for your encouraging article. I just want to mention the Bible verse must be typo error, it should be Matthew 25: 21.
    Thank you.

  2. Myrna says:

    Hello the scripture verse on today’s devotional should be Matthew 25:23.

    Thank you for sharing a great insight today on being faithful in the small things!

    Have a great day!

  3. Tip says:

    This was absolutely on time! Confirmation indeed

  4. Brenda says:

    Just a quick questions the pictures and quotes on Instagram is there a way I can share some of the pics on my Facebook page. I love the pics and quotes. I enjoy my devotions so much with you guys.

  5. Penny Orndorff says:

    I want to keep God in so the little things so he will be with me through the bigger things. Thank you for these devotions, they are truly a blessing to me I’m fining out that when my dish isn’t going right, and I need some help these devotions are showing me exactly what I need to hear. It It is like God is leading me here to help me learn what my heart is missing. Then after a I go about my day. He confirms what do in this message with other things I see or hear all around me.

  6. Lily says:

    Beautiful! Even us seniors need to understand, because we’ve lived more years we aren’t to expect the advancement! It’s where we are in our relationship with God that allows us to understand we too may need to start at the beginning! But oh what blessings are in store for us who obey and say yes!!
    God bless GiG:)

  7. Karen H says:

    ……Thank you for your devo. Yes that is timely. Just spent the week refocusing on Him. Trying to not look at our situation….God is good and He is faithful. I need to get moving..live and move and have my being in Him. (That is a confirmation) Thank you….am still reading Esther…..knowing that I have a purpose….am going to remember…small steps. Thank you Sharon J. for your encouragement, God Bless you all, In Jesus Christ, Karen H.

  8. I have done things for free for a long time, I hope His plan is something I meet with a yes and don’t even hesitate. It’s hard to keep taking criticism for not having a real job.

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