September 11, 2013

Faithful in the Small Things

God always begins with what I have in order to give me what I need. The Parable of the Ten Minas in Luke 19:17 says, “‘Well done my good servant,’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of 10 cities.” He said, “Because you have been faithful in this small thing, I’m going to put you in charge of many things…”

I want to challenge you to stop complaining about what you don’t have, and start seeing what you do have. The most important things in life are things that money can’t buy. God always starts with what you have. You say, “Well, I don’t have much.” That’s okay. God doesn’t need much other than someone who is grateful and willing.

Then, you need to start right where you are. This is so important because so many people want to go out and change the world, but they skip over the people closest to them. I see this with a lot of pastors, spiritual people, and politicians. They want to go out and do something great, huge, and significant but they neglect their marriage, their family, and their kids. I really believe in the principle of flow. All God’s power flows through me when my priorities are in line, so if I skip over my family to try to change the world, I lose all God’s power in my life. So, as I fulfill the priorities God has given me by putting my wife, my kids, and then the church in their rightful place God works through me with His power. You can’t change the world while you skip over the people closest to you. You’ve got to start from where you are.

Do the little things that are within your reach, minister to that person who is in your path. Don’t overlook the little opportunities. Be the husband you need to be, the wife you need to be, the parent you need to be. Be the person you need to be in your workplace and in your neighborhood and God will bless you. Be faithful in the small things and He will put you over much.