OBEDIENCE IN LITTLE THINGS

Servant

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(Matthew 25:21)

Little things for Christ are often the best tests of the truth of our religion. Obedience in little things has much to do with the character of a servant.

You engage a servant in your own house, and you know very well whether she be a good or bad servant that the main duties of the day are pretty sure to be attended to.

The meals will be cooked, the beds will be prepared, the house will be swept, the door will be answered; but the difference between a servant who makes the house happy and another who is its plague lies in a number of small matters.

Ones which, peradventure, you could not put down on paper but which make up a very great deal of domestic comfort or discomfort, and so determine the value of a servant.

So I believe it is in Christian life; I do not suppose that the most of us here would ever omit the weightier matters of the law; as Christian men we endeavor to maintain integrity and uprightness in our actions.

And we try to order our households in the fear of God in great matters. But it is in the looking to the Lord upon minor that the spirit of obedience is most displayed; it is seen in our keeping our eye up to the Lord.

The really obedient spirit wishes to know the Lord’s will about everything, and if there be any point which to the world seems trifling, for that very reason the obedient spirit says:

“I will attend to it to prove my Lord that even in the minutiae I desire to submit my soul to his good pleasure.”1

Charles Spurgeon

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], January 18.