P31 #2 “lower your nets” tweet
pains in muscles that exercise cannot quite reach. “Nope,” I said to myself, “that’s from the ‘lift-a-box-put-it-there’ workout that I’m going to post to my website and sell in January.”
I sat tall, arching my back to relieve the stiffness that settled overnight. As I gazed around the small and very unfamiliar surroundings, I shook my head again at the amazement of how quickly this move had been. In all my adult life, I hadn’t experienced anything quite like this. But here I was.
One day God just spoke to my heart and said, “List your house for sale.” I did. It sold in record time.
Moving from a house over 3000 sq. ft. to a rental half it’s size of 1650 sq. ft. wasn’t easy.
We had packed, sold, donated, and moved all of our belongings in less than 30 days.
Here I sat in the silence of that new place that God had put me. And God placed a new purpose in my heart. One short phrase that kept rolling around in my mind, “faithful in little.” I would have to live this out.
I got up, went into the bathroom and closed the door. I stared at myself in the mirror and whispered the phrase, “faithful in little,” to myself.
“Faithful IN little.”
“FAITHFUL in little.”
“Faithful in LITTLE.”
You know, how you emphasize a different word each time. I was trying to see what God wanted me to understand. What was the message and why did I wake up to this phrase?
I already have been blessed with so much over the years.
And I began to think on the Parable of the Talents* that Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 21, where this phrase was spoken.
The story He paints for them is that of the master of a household who is set to travel. Before he leaves, he gives each of three servants something to invest. (Matthew 25:14-30)
Upon the master’s return, he called each of the servants to himself. To the one whom he gave the most, that servant had invested and gained a significant return and handed it all back to the master. And in verse 21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'”
As I learn and grow, I find it so refreshing that God can take a familiar verse from the Bible and bring it new meaning as it applies to a different chapter or place God chooses to bring me in my life.
Accountability was the lesson I learned years ago from this parable.
- If I can be faithful with a small amount of things, money, possessions then I can be trusted with more.
- As I experienced more of life, I realized that it was also about gifts, talents, and time.
But this time it had a very different meaning.
And all of the sudden, I GOT IT.
Maybe, God has placed me here and now to learn how to be faithful “in little.”
Not faithful in “little” as in: I have little.
This kind of “little” is the REAL kind of “little”: as in space. I need to be faithful IN a little space.
It’s not that I don’t have things, money, possessions, gifts, talent and time. It’s that I need to manage them in a little space.
In little space, I need to give more grace.
In little, I am learning to be more patient while waiting to get into the closet that can only be accessed through a very small bathroom.
In little, I am learning to choose more wisely how I spend money as there are few places to put new things.
In little, I am spending more time with my family, as there are fewer places for each of us to escape.
In little, I am learning to live more vulnerably as I cannot hide my flaws as well.
In little, I am needing to keep neater house as it looks cluttered more quickly.
In little, I am learning to mumble less about the mess; and humble more within my soul.
In little, I am finding ways to connect more with God as I haven’t yet “gotten around to” getting the TV hooked up to satellite or cable. (accidentally on purpose)
In little, I am loving God more.
Lord, I beg of You
for Big Grace
in my little space!
Philippians 11- 13
“I’m not saying this because I’m in any need. I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
*Some versions of the Bible speak of this use the word coin, some use talent, which was a type of currency. It is believed that Jesus was speaking of money in this parable, but it is certainly not beyond God to grant us more than one meaning. tweet