Get Better at Doing the Small Things

Daily Devotional

Luke 16: 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Cultivate the habit of doing small things well, your promotion depends on it. Consider Joseph, although his dream was to be a ruler, he was given two small leadership roles prior to being promoted to governor of Egypt. His first was that of Overseer over Potiphar’s house, then head of the prisoners. What if he had shirked his responsibility in those smaller roles? He would have disqualified himself from his own promotion. 

Similarly, although David was anointed to be King of Israel, he was not made King of Israel before first being trained in two smaller roles. He was captain over 400 men during his season in the wilderness and when that ended, he ruled as King only over Judah, which was one (1) of the twelve (12) tribes of Israel, for 7 years before he was made king of all Israel. The lesson to be learnt from these experiences of great men is to never despise small beginnings.

See small things as preparation for big things. Jesus illustrated the importance of having that mindset in Luke 16:9 by asking the question, if ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon or small things, who will commit to your trust true riches? What Jesus was saying was that it is unreasonable to expect to be given bigger responsibilities to handle, when you have not first handled the small things. In order to handle the small things well, we must start by seeing them as stepping stones to something bigger. When we do, two things will happen: we will apply the diligence needed to do the small things well; and we will push ourselves to continually improve and get better, which will make us more competent at handling bigger responsibilities.

Regardless of the form it may come in, never frown on small responsibilities, instead use it as an opportunity to get better.

Life Application: Get better at doing the small things by listing ways you can improve and ask others for feedback as to how you could do what you do even better.

Prayer: Lord, help me to not despise small beginnings but to use them as stepping stones for where you are taking me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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