November 1

Written by Bill Grandi on November 1st, 2022

When people choose to serve God and make a difference, they often think it means doing something big. I can remember watching a movie many moons ago that was about a man who felt his call to follow God would involve something great or grand.  One example was that he dreamed of being a “Billy Graham type” evangelist.  He eventually found out that doing what God wanted sometimes is in the small things. (I think the movie was Kevin Can Wait but I’m not sure).

It is not unusual for us to feel that way. We equate big = successful. Not true.

Faithfully doing what God desires often means doing the small things well. “Faithful in little, faithful in much” is the way it goes.

Take a look at people in the Bible. David was a shepherd doing the shepherd-thing. When he was called he was doing the sheep thing. When he took down Goliath, he wasn’t seeking a big event. He was delivering cheese to his brothers as a messenger boy from his father. God found Gideon threshing grain in hiding out of fear of the Midianites. Elisha was plowing a field. Moses was tending sheep and minding his own business.

They were faithfully doing what they were supposed to be doing. Everyday mundane tasks. Just like us. Don’t wait around for some grand calling from God to go do something popular or great. That’s not saying you won’t.   But it is far more likely you and I will make a difference just by being available to God, by being faithful in our everyday life.

Faithful in little, faithful in much.  Don’t wait around for some grand action or calling. GO. DO. Let God deal with the results.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    I love this post… it is down to earth and real. It reminds me that doing the day to day tasks IS what God is calling me to do. I won’t lie and hopefully I am not alone in this, when I begin to allow my mind to wonder how God could use me if I could fully free myself from selfish ambition and some of the chains I have shackled to my ankles that keep me tied to my current life. I wonder if that is Satan simply whispering in my ear a little lie of “you aren’t good enough”… Or “you could be doing so much more, but since you aren’t, you should probably not do anything” In the name of Jesus, I denounce the lies of Satan and listen to the Truth of my Father in Heaven.

    Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

    May my work today be done to the Glory of God, may the impact I have point others to Christ… If one life changes trajectory toard God today as a result of my actions, my prayers, my attitude, then it was worthwhile and IS what God has called me to do today.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Ryan. That means a lot to hear you say that. But I have to also comment on your comment. 🙂 I have had those ambitions of being “big” and now find that I am glad I was not. I, too, heard the whispers of the enemy telling me I’m not enough. But I am! God has said so and He has also I have Jesus and that is enough. I pray my work today will point people to Jesus.

  2. gail says:

    Love your post and Ryan’s comments too. Totally agree the most important thing is to be available for God to use, and listen for His directions. So many times I think God shows up in the small details for me, I do not want to miss the opportunities. I had missed an opportunity, with an unsaved friend of mine, and it was eating me up. I talked it over with God, two days later He gave me another opportunity. Only this time I was waiting and I was ready, and I responded. Father, I want to serve You and advance Your kingdom. I may just be a small piece of the puzzle in some of the plans, but my piece needs to be in the puzzle to make it complete. When I get to heaven and see how all pieces fall together, I do not want to be the whole in that puzzle. Open my ears, eyes, and my heart to Your voice, and direct me to be Your hands and feet where I need to be.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you looked for another chance Gail. You could have wallowed in shame and discouragement and kicked yourself around. you never know about the seed you sowed.

  3. Those who are faithful in little will be faithful in much . . .
    May we all bloom and grow where God has planted us, Bill.