I once knew someone who attended the same church as I did and she volunteered with the nursery and preschool. She was one of the team leaders and got to walk around with a clipboard and I would tease her because she looked important. She shared her story with me that she got the clipboard because she was asked by the preschool director if she would volunteer. The reason she was asked to volunteer was because the director knew her and knew that she was a dependable person; however, my friend wasn’t very interested in being in the room with the kids. She told the director jokingly, “I will help as long as I get to be one of the people carrying a clipboard.” Because the job of a team leader is a job that requires dependability the director offered her that position; she knew that this person would be faithful in that position and would show up whenever she was on the schedule. Jesus told a parable about faithfulness; please turn to Matthew 25:14-30.
In this parable, Jesus tells of three servants who were entrusted with some of their master’s money while he was away. He gave each servant different amounts to keep and when he came back he saw that two of the three servants had invested the money and doubled it. The third hid the money and did nothing with it. The master’s response to the two servants who did well with the money was, “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things,” (verse 23). Jesus was teaching the importance of good stewardship; not just about handling money appropriately, but of anything that is in our charge. When we are faithful in our use of whatever God has given us, God will give us more responsibility. This can be anything ranging from money or talents/skills to varying level of responsibility.
The world even reflects this idea. A good manager usually will give higher positions at work to people who have shown faithfulness and dependability with smaller jobs. The manager knows that they can trust the person to get the job done. Likewise, a good manager will not entrust a lot of responsibility to the person that is inconsistent with their attendance and given responsibility. They cannot trust that the person will do what has been given to them. It is important that remember this lesson on a spiritual level; God is looking for people that will be faithful in the call He placed on their lives. It is good to want to be used by God; however, we need to show God that we are usable. He knows our hearts better than we know our own hearts. If you struggle with faithfulness, ask God to help you. Maybe it is finding a friend that will hold you accountable or being a part of a small group that will challenge you to be faithful.
Have you been faithful in small things? Are you asking God to provide help to make you learn to be faithful?