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Published on September 25th, 2015 | by Jaquelle Crowe

The Bible Verse Every Rebelutionary Needs to Memorize

A lot of you are like me.

You have dreams. You have big and marvelous and glorious visions to change the world. You’re going to backpack mountains and invent cures and write books and build orphanages and explore and love and do and be.

You’ll do it. I know you will.

But not today. For whatever reason, today you can’t. You are sick. You are not old enough (legally). You have other duties you have to do. Studying, chores, obeying your parents right now.

Today you have another job that needs to get done, another job that God wants you to get done.

But the world-changer inside you still squirms. Still dreams and cries and hopes for the day that you really will get to accomplish your distant, magnanimous Hard Thing.

I write for you today. I write for me today. And this is what I have to say:

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10 ESV).

Today, God has a hard thing for you to do, a messy, unspectacular, breathtakingly difficult task – be faithful.

You say, “Really, God? But I’m not doing anything important.” He says, you are. You are being faithful to Me, growing in grace, maturing in your faith.

But I’m just wheeling out a garbage can. Be faithful.

But I’m just reading a textbook. Be faithful.

But I’m just lying in bed because I can’t get out. Be faithful.

But I’m just making dinner. Be faithful.

But I’m just … here. Be faithful.

You are alive for one grand purpose – to reflect the beauty of your glorious Maker. And who is your Maker? “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9, ESV).

God is faithful. When you are faithful in the little tasks of life, you are being like Him. And you are changing your world.

You’re showing your faithfulness in obedience to your parents.

You’re showing your faithfulness in diligence in your studies.

You’re showing your faithfulness in taking joy in suffering.

You’re showing your faithfulness in serving your family.

You’re showing your faithfulness by living in a way that heaps glory on God. And that right there, that’s changing the world.

Stop undermining the hard things you’re doing.

Stop waiting for life to start. Stop deceiving yourself into thinking that hard things are only big, attention-grabbing things. If you are a Christian, you are doing hard things every day.

You are living a life that leads to glory on a narrow, uncomfortable road.

So embrace the world-changer inside you. Stand tall, Rebelutionary.

And go change your world today – one little, hard thing at a time.

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About the Author

is the 20-year-old former editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (Crossway, March 31, 2017). She's the co-founder of The Young Writers Workshop and hosts a podcast for youth called Age of Minority.

  • Ruthie C

    I actually really needed to hear this today. Thank you so much, Jaquelle!

  • Amen! Sometimes it can be so hard to remember that all the little things we are faithful in add up to something greater.

  • This is great! Thanks!

  • tmselden

    Very good and well-written post.

  • Haylie

    Beautifully said. The message of that verse is so important! Thank you, Jaquelle :)

  • AnnaGrace

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Okie Gal

    Thanks so much for this!

  • Amanda

    Oh, this is such a hard lesson for me to learn! Thank you for explaining it so well.

  • Trey

    This was a wonderful article

  • Gabrielle

    I really needed to hear this!! What a great reminder! Thanks so much for sharing this Jacquelle!

  • Elaine

    Thank you soo much! Something I know in the back of my head, but such an encouragement to be reminded by someone else!
    By His breath, Dorothy Elaine

  • Laini Russell

    Wow. Just wow. IDEK how to express my thoughts right now. Being faithful in the little things is very important!

  • Katie

    Thanks for the great reminder. I recently read this verse in my Bible, and it is something I need to be reminded of constantly. I’ve felt like I’ve been in a rut lately, just going through my monotonous daily routine, but this verse reminds me to be faithful and glorify God in the little, often mundane, things. I’ll start memorizing this verse right away.

  • Amazing. Thank you for this!

  • Sabine Castro

    The little things are the hardest thing to do; thank you for the reminder to stay faithful Sister

  • Abby;)

    Woah! That was a great eye-opening article!!! Thanks so much!

  • Mary

    THANK-YOU!!! I really needed to hear that just now

  • Cecilia

    Yes! I was feeling really discouraged about how little I’m doing, yet how overwhelmed I am, so I came here for encouragement and this article is perfect. Thanks, Jaquelle!

  • Sophia Lohrman

    Amen! I’ve been asking God a lot about what I’m supposed to do as a big goal in life, but He keeps telling me that I have to get my own life straightened out first. To get my time straitened out, to finish my school work on time, to put things in there right place these I need to do before God gives me more, before I can be expected to invest in something else.

  • Cricket

    Along with all the others: thank you, Jaquelle.

  • Hillcrest Youth Ministry

    thank you for these words of encouragement!

  • Colin Marshia

    This was an amazing eye-opener! Thanks for writing!

  • Ezra Walls

    Awesome post, Jaquelle!

  • Elijah

    This came at a hard time in my life. Thank you Jaquelle.

  • Jonathan Staebell

    Thank you, that was very encouraging!

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