Faithful in the Little, Humility is the Key!
“He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10 (Amp)
This same concept is put forth several times by Yahushua Himself as He teaches by telling stories. He makes the point that if you can be faithful with the little things that are entrusted to you, then you will not only be trusted with more, but you will be faithful with more as well! The lessons you learn in being faithful with the very little things you’re entrusted with will become the character and the habits that will mark your life and make you the kind of person who WILL be faithful with much! (Read Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents.)
If you were put in charge of a little barn - not a fancy one - and you put the work in to clean it up, organize it, maintain it daily, and even improve it, the things that you will learn by doing the work needed in that little barn will equip you to be able to the work in a bigger, fancier barn in due time. You see, learning takes time! Character and habits take time to form. You don’t plant a tomato seed and expect to eat the tomato the next day! Even though the little package has a picture of a tomato on it, inside is simply the seed needed to grow the tomato -IF the work is done to plant it in good soil and care for it regularly, protecting and nourishing it until it reaches maturity.
SO how do you get started being faithful in the little? HUMILITY IS THE KEY!
Are you willing to be the servant of all? Or are you looking to be the greatest in the Kingdom? Several times Yahushua also addresses these issues when His disciples ask Him about their status in His Kingdom. (Read Matthew 18:1, 23:11, Luke 22:26) He tells His disciples that the greatest should be the servant and take the lowest rank, much like a little child.
James and Peter also address the same issue by writing in their letters that we should humble ourselves and letting us know that if we will humble OURSELVES, then YHWH will exalt us IN DUE TIME. In. Due. Time. Remember that tomato plant? :)
There is no shame in “paying your dues”, so to speak! Put in the time! Put in the effort! Be faithful and diligent! Do everything as unto the Lord! Think of yourself as the servant of all! And when and if you “arrive” someday, keep a servant’s heart even if you are the greatest in the barn!