No Little Jobs, Only Little People
By Gary Henry
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).
Every honorable job in this world deserves to be done well. When we’re asked to do a thing, especially in the Lord’s work, it really doesn’t matter whether the thing is “important” or not. The saying is true that there are no little jobs, only little people — people of too little character to see the value of work well done.
Our real attitude toward service is probably not measured by our performance in the big, glorious situations but rather by our steadfastness in the small, inglorious ones. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” As has been said, a person can’t be trusted with a big job who won’t give his best to a little one.
Whatever we do in the Lord, we can do it knowing that it will accomplish something worthwhile. That’s true because it is the Lord, not we ourselves, who will take it and turn it into something good. It doesn’t depend on us or the “importance” of what we’ve done. So Paul said, “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Our labor is not in vain in the Lord! No matter what the job is, it’s not in vain if it’s in the Lord.
“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast,” Jesus said, “do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to
you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:8– 11). So in heaven, there may be some surprises. The most exalted places of honor may be filled by simple souls whose work in this world was hardly ever noticed.
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all
the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say: ‘Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well’ ” (Martin Luther King Jr.).