rebelling against low expectations

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

Jaquelle Crowe Ferris

is the former editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (Crossway). She's the co-founder of The Young Writers Workshop and hosts a podcast for youth called Age of Minority. She's married to Joe and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.


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rebelling against low expectations

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