I got a challenge today while at church. Over the years when people talk about salvation and eternal security and wondered where they would fit into the Kingdom of God, I would say something along the lines that I was willing to sweep the floors and do cleanup at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Even that menial position would mean I was on the inside of the celebration, not on the outside, which is where we all hope and pray to be.
Today, God reminded me of the scripture that talks about how God tests us with little things. Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” The gist of what I got out of that is that I believe what the LORD was trying to get me to see was this: if I am willing to sweep the floors in heaven, how come I am not willing to do the same things today? If I won’t be humble and willing to do the little things today, why would I be trusted to do them later? That got me thinking about my sense of self-importance, my sense of “why don’t I get to do this or that more important thing?”
It brought me up short. If I can’t do it now (sweep the floors), how could He trust me to do it later? He can’t. This is the testing ground and I was failing to live up to what I claimed would be enough for me in heaven by not letting it be enough for me now. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I should give up striving to be the best I can be at whatever I am doing, but the real question was would I be satisfied with where I am placed, no matter what, or would I feel like I “deserved” more? That is an important question and one I have never thought about before this morning.
So, it appears God has challenged me to accept wherever I am, wherever He has placed me, as good enough for me. And, wherever that is, figure out how to be the best I can be at whatever He has me doing. Then comes the difficult part, to be satisfied with wherever He has placed me. I can hear the objections, “But I want to do great things for God!” Well, after this morning the definition of doing great things has changed for me. It is now doing the best I can, to be the greatest example of successfully accomplishing whatever He has me doing. And that means even if it is sweeping the floors and picking up the trash. I will become the best sweeper and trash picker ever.
How about you?