Advent: The Journey to Christmas, Day 17

Be Faithful In The Small Things

God loves to operate differently from the world’s perspective. He doesn’t honor people for the same reasons the world honors them. He values faithfulness over fame and humility over power. On the night of His greatest miracle, instead of revealing it first to kings or world leaders, God sent an angel to tell common shepherds. Luke 2:8 tells is that the shepherds were “living in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks”. It’s worth noting that these men were devoted workers, living next to their sheep and caring well for the things they’d been entrusted to steward. The shepherds were of low social status, but they were faithful people, and God chose them to be the first recipients of the greatest news in history. Then, they were at the front of the line to meet the Son of God in person!

If you are feeling unimportant or overlooked today, don’t stop investing in what God has given you to do. Even if you feel your task is small, give it everything you’ve got. Don’t be discouraged! God is looking for people who will be faithful with little so that He can entrust them with more. Whatever you’ve been assigned to do today, do it with all your might. God sees your diligence and rewards those who faithfully complete the task in front of them.

Prayer: Father, thank You for placing value on what the world seems to overlook. No matter what task You give me, I commit to working at it with all my heart. Help me not to get discouraged by worldly standards, but instead remember how You chose the humble, hardworking shepherds to be the first to know about the miracle of Christmas. Like the shepherds, thank You for choosing me to be a carrier of Your Good News. And thank You in advance for giving me more as I’m faithful with what You’ve entrusted to me.

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 2:8-9 CSB

God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world — what is viewed as nothing — to bring to nothing what is viewed as something

1 Corinthians 1:28 CSB

Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 CSB

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people

Colossians 3:23 CSB

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