It’s Not All About The Final Result

Some people find it very easy to off-load their responsibilities.

Ezekiel 44:1-31

Reference: Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. (Ezekiel 44:8 NIV)

Explore: Group work, at high school, was the worst! Whether you got to choose your own group or you were allocated one, there was always an uneven distribution of responsibilities.

I wouldn’t say I was the most intelligent in my class, but I was certainly known for being diligent with school work. So, when the tasks were being discussed, I always seemed to get lumped with more than my fair share.

Sure, the whole assignment was always completed at the end, but it never seemed fair when we were all given the same mark.

Application: Some people find it very easy to off-load their responsibilities. It may not affect the final result, but it certainly shapes people’s perspective of you.

I find that the way we address small responsibilities – like washing the dishes or driving in traffic – often reflects how we approach major responsibilities – like our careers or raising a family. If we don’t pull through on the small things, then there is less of a chance that we’re going to be trusted with the bigger things.

God knows our hearts. He sees how we approach the seemingly insignificant tasks. And yet, He knows they speak volumes of our character.

If we want God to see us as credible disciples, then we need to show our commitment to the small as well as the more noticeable.

Prayer: Lord, it’s amazing how diligent we can be when we think other people are watching. May we be just as diligent in the small tasks that go unnoticed than with the bigger, more significant responsibilities. Amen.

What small task could you improve on?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.