Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Title: All The Small Things
By: Amanda Foo
Text: Luke 16:10
“Sorry Bang, I was rushing to go somewhere,” I pleadingly tell the police officer who pulled me over for speeding on the freeway earlier. Technically, I am rushing. I’m rushing to go home, my mind rationalizes. Fortunately, the police officer lets me off without a ticket and I drive home happily, making sure I was within the speed limit this time.
When I got past the joy of having avoided a RM300 summon, I was soon overcome with guilt. Was it really necessary for me to lie just to get out of a speeding ticket? After all, I did break the law and it was only right that I bear the consequences. At that point of time, it seemed like such an innocent white lie, and no one was harmed in the process. But I’d disobeyed God – just for the sake of saving RM300.
Luke 16:10 says: “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.” Faithfulness to God’s commands matter, regardless of how we judge the relative significance of that particular action. Our primary aim should be obedience to a Father whose glory is at stake and who knows what’s best for us.
God primarily calls us to ordinary obedience; small, daily actions that may not yield immediate results. In fact, our Christian life is a long game built on a thousand tiny thoughts, words, decisions and moments. And though this perseverance is so much harder than we ever anticipated, it is more precious to God than many of us realize. 1 John 5:3 tells us, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” Everyday conformity to God’s will is an invitation to enjoy God even more. As we make these moment-by-moment decisions to obey Him, Christ sanctifies us.
The next time we’re tempted to tell a white lie to get out of a sticky situation, let us reconsider. Our daily decisions to follow Christ closely are incredibly important for our perseverance in the faith. It is very easy to dismiss our everyday situations as inconsequential (or petty), but they are not. Following God encompasses obedience in the bigger things, but it is also about choosing to submit to His will in the little things. So let us be faithful. Every day. In all circumstances. It will take a lifetime of becoming more like Christ, but let us keep our eyes on the prize, for the day when God says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
God, forgive me for the times that I have knowingly lied just to get out of a difficult situation. Help me Lord to realize the importance of being faithful even in the little things, and help me to persevere, for pleasing You is ultimately what brings me the most joy. Thank You God, for sending Jesus to die on the cross that I may have the biggest gift of all – the hope of eternal life. Help me to live for You today, and all the days ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
当我庆幸避免了300令吉罚款传单过后，我心里很快就充满了愧疚。我真的有必要为了逃脱超速罚单而撒谎吗？毕竟，我确实违法了，承担后果是理所当然的。在那个时候，这似乎是一个无恶意的谎言，而且没有人在这个过程中受到伤害。但我违背了上帝 – 仅只为了省下300令吉。
上帝，求祢赦免我为了摆脱困境而故意撒谎。主啊，求帮助我认识到即使是在小事上也要忠心的重要性，并帮助我坚持下去，因为讨祢喜悦最终会带给我最大的喜乐。感谢上帝，差遣耶稣舍命在十字架上，让我得到最大的礼物 – 永生的盼望。求帮助我，今天和未来的每一天皆为祢而活。奉耶稣的名，阿们。