Luke 16:10 TPT “The one who manages the little he has been given with faithfulness and integrity will be promoted and trusted with greater responsibilities. But those who cheat with the little they have been given will not be considered trustworthy to receive more.”
I have always been a big picture thinker, and truth be told, I’m not always good at all of the smaller details, or (sometimes boring) routine things that feel like maintenance. One look at the life of David certainly makes me reevaluate how I handle these monotonous tasks that might seem insignificant at the time. We see David as one of the consummate heroes of the Bible. After all, as a young man, he killed the great giant Goliath. He is described as courageous, passionate, and faithful. He certainly didn’t start out as a mega-hero. He started out as a lowly shepherd boy who tended his flocks. He was the least likely to be chosen king… even out of his own family… but God had other ideas. David was faithful to caring for the sheep. As a part of his watch, he had killed a bear and a lion to keep his flocks safe. That more than prepared him to take down Goliath. Even in his older life, as he dealt with difficult situations, temptation, and failure, he was still faithful to God and God was faithful to him.
Your personal application:
Our spiritual development is much like David’s life. As we start off this new year, what are the areas where we need to be faithful? One that comes to mind is Bible reading. Find a plan that works for you! One of my favorites is called the Bible Recap. There is a daily devotional on YouVersion with a companion daily podcast.
How about prayer? One idea is to start a prayer journal where you write out prayers and list praise reports. You could go back and review it for encouragement at the end of each month.
Last but not least, find a time to worship. I have a 30-minute drive into work each day. I can’t think of a better way to get my mind set than singing along to songs that keep me in God’s presence.
Practicing spiritual disciplines helps us know how to please God, they show us God’s will, and keep us in God’s presence. That sounds like just the place I want to be in this brand-new year.