The dynamics of self improvement or ‘getting better’ through physical exercise are measured in different ways. For instance, at the end of a workout on an elliptical machine, we can measure our latest average per mile speed by using the timer clock on the machine. We can also measure our ability to lift heavier weights by simply referring to the pounds reference number inscribed on the barbell. In the physical world, it is relatively easy to determine whether or not we are faster and stronger.
When it comes to measuring spiritual growth, God employs many interesting monitoring tools. These tools can best be described an ‘little things.’ In Luke 16:10 Jesus tells us, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
How we handle ’little things’ is important to God. For instance, how we handle disappointments can be quite revealing to Him. Our attitude in dealing with such things reveals whether or not we are growing in Him. Do we allow ’little things’ to make us bitter or better?
God desires for all of His children to grow in grace and dependence on Him. He wants to expand our spiritual ministry territory and give us more responsibility. First, however, God wants us to be responsible with the ’little things’. All of us encounter all kinds of ’little thing’ opportunities throughout the day. Little opportunities to pray, encourage someone, witness or be a good Samaritan are just a few examples. Every day is a composition of many ’little things’. ’Little things’ are not little to God. ’Little things’ matter to God and we are blessed when we allow ’little things’ to matter to us. Matthew 25:21 “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. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”