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Guarding The Plot - Extracted From "Jottings"

Never mind if your work is not spectacular at the moment. Remember that monuments are usually chiselled by the sculptor behind canvas till the day of unveiling. Think of David and his few sheep which were the butt of his eldest brother Eliab's sarcasm, "With whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?"

"A few sheep." "A plot of ground full of barley." "A plot of ground full of lentils." Small things, but they have become famous because of the valiant and faithful spirits that defended them. It is not in the things themselves that the value lies so much as in the fact that the spirits of certain men were stirred to their depths, and they sought to glorify their God, the God they loved, in the sphere which was theirs to fill, to prove by their steadfastness and faithfulness their affection for Him and His honour. Do you despise the day of small things? Then take warning, for you yourself will be small in the day of great things. "He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much" (Luke 16:10). "Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things" (Matthew 25:21). Such is the principle upon which the Lord will test His servants and reward them with fitting rewards. What is your plot of lentils? What special thing can you do for the Lord and His honour? Are you prepared to run to the ends of the earth without having had any call from the Lord to go there? Will you flee to easier or more congenial quarters and leave the plot unguarded? Think of the house of Stephanas, who found their plot of lentils in that they "set themselves to minister unto the saints" (1 Corinthians 16:15).

If you have found such a plot, or whatever the plot may be, see to it that you guard as a sacred trust the ministry you have received from the Lord. Do it humbly and do it well, and as you continue in it give heed to the apostolic exhortation, that you may continue unflaggingly therein:

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong (1 Cor. 16:13).