“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” Luke 16:10 (NAS)Luke 16:1-13, The Unrighteous Steward
It’s the little things that matter. We tend to live our lives as though they aren’t open for inspection, but they are to God.
If we are cavalier in the management of the basic things of life, serving as God’s steward will not be an option. For example, you cannot serve in church leadership if you are reproachable, so says Paul (1 Timothy 3:2).
There are many who are shrewd and make millions, but is God impressed? I don’t want to be commended for my shrewdness but my faithfulness. Actually, He wants us shrewd in the use of our time, talent and treasure for his Kingdom.
In the end we’ll stand alone before Jesus and give an account. Therefore, we must realize early on that we’re not strong enough to dig and too ashamed to beg (16:3). We’ll not have time to retrace our steps, fix things and cut deals.
I’ve always valued having done things faithfully over a long period of time, exercise, time at one job, marriage to one woman, early morning Bible reading, etc. But this is only possible by starting early, setting patterns of faithfulness, and following them routinely day in day out.
It’s not too late to start though. After all, they’re just little things.