Luke 16:10 “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.”
All big things first began small. Look at the humble beginnings of these 5 powerhouse companies. Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google and Harley Davidson all began in garages. Not big grand buildings with thousands of employees. Not even a home office. We’re talking about homes so small they didn’t have room for an office in the house, they were in the garage.
There’s likely something big you’ve been dreaming about for your life. Something currently out of your reach. You imagine that once you arrive to this destination you will be successful, disciplined, focused. When you’re the perfect size 6 you will of course eat salad for lunch. When your marriage is once again happy of course you will start going on dates again. When you have a big fat healthy bank account you’ll gladly give.
And I’m here to tell you, if you won’t do it now where you are today, you won’t do it then either. And it’s not even me saying it, remember Jesus said it. If you aren’t faithful in little things you won’t be faithful with more. You must first be faithful with the little you have before you can ever expect to be trusted with more.
What are you needing more of today? Your answer is always found in being faithful with what little you have right now.
Do you need more energy? Imagine all you could accomplish if you just had the energy, the pep, the zest, the get up and go to do more. Well I know the secret of getting more energy. The secret is to use every ounce of energy you have today, then tomorrow you will have more. Yes, this is being faithful with little, then more will be given. Energy grows and builds, but only when used. Use it or lose it. Get up and do something today or tomorrow you’ll feel even LESS like doing anything.
Do you need more money? Be faithful with what you have today. I recently read that millionaires like Lady Gaga, Kourtney Kardashian and Carrie Underwood use coupons. Do they have more than enough money to buy whatever they want? Of course they do. But they’re choosing not to waste it. You may not have much money today, but are you wasting what little you do have by not being smart with your money? Can you be TRUSTED with money? Will you do what’s right with your money? Remember Jesus’ teaching on the talents? Perhaps you know the story. A boss gives his 3 employees each a measure of money to care for while he is out of town. He returns and asks “what did you do with what I gave you?” Two of the employees doubled the money by investing it and the boss was happy. The third however was afraid he would lose the money he was given and he hid it away, not using it or investing it. The boss was furious and took away from him what little he had and gave it to the others.
Jesus tells us this because we have each been given things. Blessings and favor we don’t deserve. We have been trusted with talents and resources and God wants to know how we have been using it. Because if you have been faithful with little, you will be trusted with more. But if you can’t even be faithful with little – faithful with keeping the little house clean, faithful with showing up on time at your hourly job, faithful with a commitment to just eat a salad, THEN HONEY YOU CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH MORE. You can’t be trusted with the bigger house when you’re not taking care of your current house. You can’t be trusted with a promotion if you’re not showing up on time with your best effort at your current position. You can’t be trusted with a breakthrough if you won’t follow through on your commitments today.
Stop screwing yourself over. Everything you’ve ever dreamed of is likely just outside of your reach because you’ve forgotten you must first be faithful with exactly what you have today.
What do you have today? BE FAITHFUL WITH IT. Take care of it. Give your best effort to it. It’s not the goal that’s magical in your life. It’s who you must become to reach that goal. It’s the journey, the becoming. Today you’re on the journey. Today you are becoming. And today you must be faithful.