Day 5: Unless you are faithful in small matters you won’t be faithful in large ones.
I just recently finished reading Steven Furtick’s book “Greater.” The whole premise behind the book is that in order to live in the greater life that God has in store for you, you must dream big but start small.
None of us, if we are honest with ourselves, want to start off small. We don’t like the word patience. We don’t like to wait. We want it now. And we want it big. You know what I mean. As soon as we graduate college, and I say we because I am in the same boat, we want to jump right into the six figure job with the big corner office overlooking the skyline. When we start a new job, we immediately want to go straight to the top. We don’t want to go through the process. We don’t want to climb each rung on the corporate ladder. We want to skip the steps in between and shoot straight to the top. We want success. And we want it now.
Jesus tells us differently in two separate occasions in the book of Luke. Here is what He says:
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Luke 12:48 ESV)
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in very little is also dishonest in much. (Luke 16:10 ESV)
All throughout the Bible when we look at the lives of those who we consider to be great, they had to start small and be faithful in the little things before they were entrusted with much more. Joseph had to be faithful in the prison before he was promoted to the palace. Moses had to be faithful in the desert before he became known as a deliverer. David had to face the lion and the bear before he faced the giant. Elisha had to be faithful washing Elijah’s hands before he was performing miracles with his own hands. Paul set up tents before he set up churches. Even Jesus had to be faithful to go to the cross before He was given a crown.
So if what you’re doing seems small, insignificant, and unimportant to you; it’s not. You are being prepared for much more. If God would to bless you with greater before you are ready for it, it won’t be a blessing it will be a curse. A blessing becomes a curse when you’re not prepared for it. You must first be faithful in the little things before God is going to bless you with the greater things.