In a world where everyone always wants bigger and better, it is easy to overlook the importance of being faithful and especially being faithful in the small things.
Jesus said, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:20)
God wants to bless and use you in incredible ways and invest more in your life. But He also wants to see how you manage what you have now; how trustworthy you are in the small things, before giving you the responsibility of more.
Put yourself in God’s shoes. If you were God, watching you and the way you manage what He’s given you, would you consider yourself worthy of greater trust and investment?
It doesn’t mean that God only uses or approves of people who have a lot of money or are incredibly successful in the world’s eyes. But He does look at our attitudes, what we have, how we are using it and being grateful now.
God values the quality of your attitudes, the condition of your heart, how you treat others and your work ethic. For example, Elisha was working in the fields with his oxen when Elijah promoted him to be his apprentice. Moses was faithfully looking after his father-in-law’s sheep when God called him. David was on shepherding duties. He was quietly seeking God alone, mostly forgotten about by his own family and busy fighting off lions and bears when God chose him to be the next king.
Amos was a hardworking herdsman. Peter, James, John and Andrew were fishermen, and Matthew was working on his accounts. Nowhere in the Bible does God call a lazy person who is not diligently using what they already have.
God will give you more based on how you use what He has put into your life. Luke 16:11 says, “If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?” That’s God’s basic way of looking at it. What you do with what you have already; how you use your time, skill and money is a barometer of your heart.
For “God will always do great things with people who are willing to be faithful in the small things” (Lysa Terkeurst)
Are you seeking to bless others and serve God with what you have and all that you are? It’s a matter of the heart, and God does test us to see how our heart is! Because if you’re not faithful in earthly matters, how can you be faithful in heavenly matters?
Today consider how faithful and honest you are in small things. Choose to honour and use what you have; your skills, gifting, relationships, money, home, car, possessions, time and effort to the best of your ability. Make all you have available to God for Him to use. As you do, you’ll soon discover He’ll start to trust you with bigger things and His true riches.
“A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in the little things is a great thing” (Hudson Taylor)
Prayer: Lord, please help me use what I have already to the best of my ability to serve you and others so that you can trust me with true riches. In Jesus Name Amen.