1744) Faithful in Small Things

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By Rick Warren, January 18, 2018, at http://www.pastorrick.org


     A common saying today is that “what you do in your private life is nobody else’s business.”  Well, it actually is.  What you do in your private life — what you do behind closed doors or out of view of other people — builds and reveals your true character.  And God sees it just as clearly as the things you do in public. 

     In fact, the small, unseen things you do are the seeds to God’s public blessing on your life.  You cannot compartmentalize your life and say, “I have integrity in my public life, just not in my private life.”  I bet you could make a list right now of public figures that have tried to live this way only to have their private indiscretions turn into public scandal and personal downfall.  No matter what they say, any leader who is not faithful in small matters will not be faithful in large matters. 

     Jesus says, “If you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:12). 

     For centuries, everybody who learned a skill, trade, or vocation learned it through an apprenticeship.  If you were going to be a mechanic, you apprenticed to another mechanic and served in his business before you started your own. 

     This principle of apprenticeship applies to every area of your life.  It applies to how you handle other people’s money, how you handle other people’s possessions, and even how you handle other people’s ministry before God gives you your own.

     Before God gave me my own ministry, I served as a youth pastor under another man’s ministry.  God was watching how I handled it; he was testing my integrity.  I needed to prove my faithfulness in that ministry before God would allow me to lead the ministry of Saddleback Church.

     If someone loans you a car, how well do you take care of it?  If a family lets you stay in their house for vacation, do you treat it as well as you treat your own home? 

     God is watching and testing your integrity.  And he will reward you accordingly.


“Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters– this is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.”

–Johann Wolfgang Goethe

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

–Albert Einstein


Luke 16:10-12  —  (Jesus said), “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”

Isaiah 30:15b  —  In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.


Dear God, You constantly pour out Your blessings on us:  help us to be a blessing to others.  You gave us our hands:  help us to use them to work for You.  You gave us our feet:  help us to use them to walk in Your ways.  You gave us our voices:  help us to use them to speak gentleness and truth.  Help us to please You, Lord.  Amen.  –author unknown