“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 NLT
When Amy and I first got married we began to attend Coudersport Alliance Church. After six months of attending though, I wasn’t sure if there was a place for us to serve. My question was quickly answered when Pastor Bernie came up to my wife and I and gave us an assignment. We were tasked with the opportunity to teach a youth Sunday School class. Pastor Bernie asked if we would be willing to first go through the membership class and then we would be able to lead the class. I wasn’t sure about this church membership thing, but I knew I wanted to serve and if that was what I had to do to serve then I was going to get it out of the way. We took the class, interviewed with the elders and became members. The following six months our small class grew from a handful of students to over 20 each week, and all we did was study the bible! It wasn’t long until Pastor Bernie then asked my wife and I to take on the youth group and become the youth leaders. I was also given the opportunity to serve on the worship team. About a year after leading the youth group and serving on the worship team, the church interviewed me to become an elder. In just a three year period, God allowed my wife and I the opportunity to go from attending this church to being fully involved and given greater and greater responsibility. The Lord would later have me serve Coudersport Alliance Church as an Assistant Pastor before calling us to serve here at FlightPath as the Lead Pastor. What’s my point in this testimony? It is simple. When we are faithful with little things, the Lord often gives us greater responsibility down the road.
In our study on 1 Timothy, Paul challenges the deacons that they must first be tested to prove their faithfulness. “They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.” (1 Timothy 3:10) I do not believe this was a test where they fill out multiple choice answers to see whether or not they know the right things. I believe this is a test of delegating authority over a small area of ministry and see if the person is faithful in that area. If they are, then greater and greater responsibility is often given.
*An interesting side note. In Acts 6:1-6 we see the establishment of the deacon ministry. It is here where we learn that Stephen was known as a man who was full of faith. In other words, he was faithful. He trusted in obedience to the Lord.
Putting it into Practice
How have you seen this kingdom concept play out in your own life? Is there anything that the Lord may be challenging you to take a step of faith and say “Here am I, send me”?
Lord, today I pray that we will be found faithful to obey your promptings and callings. May we make it our aim to hear you say to us at the end of our days, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” In Jesus name, Amen.