Have you ever hired a new staff member with the hope that they would accomplish tasks at levels 3, 4 and 5 only to find that they handle these tasks easily so you quickly have to gather level 6, 7 and 8 tasks for them? Maybe even passing on some of your tasks to them as you are amazed and thankful for their unexpected expertise, leaving you free to grow your own portfolio of responsibilities? Or on the flip side, you were expecting a level 8 or 9 employee based on resume and interview only to discover that in reality they are more a level 4 or 5 and now you have to either do some intense training or let them go? Which would you prefer?
Having hired and trained many people over the years I’d rather be delighted to find hidden abilities and a willingness to learn in a new team member that I can praise and promote than be disappointed by an oversell that needs to be managed. As an employee I would rather my boss experiences this too than feel like a failure in my job.
Jesus truly said “Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10 CEB)
As a boss I notice those on my team who are honest and hardworking with the little responsibilities they are given and to these I reward with more responsibilities and privileges. And… I notice those who are not honest, who do the bare minimum, watch the clock and always look for the lazy way out.
I’m currently working as a director for a start-up charity and as we can afford to add extra people to our payroll we always look amongst our volunteers first. Most of our volunteers choose to be with us, some get a message from God to join us but others the government makes them help us. But it doesn’t matter how they joined our team, it’s their work ethic and their heart that count when it comes to deciding who to offer pay to.
Reflecting on this the last few days, with my thoughts on You Got Talent still floating around my mind, I look back on my life and I can see a distinct pattern. I see now that God has and is rewarding my faithfulness in little things with bigger things, just like I do with my staff. I also recognise that the bigger things He has given me now I wouldn’t have handled as well before now. Yes, technically I could have done many of the tasks, just not with the grace, gentleness and wisdom I have learnt through the years.
A verse that has encouraged me many times is “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV) I have been weary in ministry, a few times, but I have never lost heart because I know that above all God IS faithful to keep His promises.
As I look at where I am today I see the harvest, the rewards of my labours, clearly before me, in much bigger responsibilities, gigantic challenges and an amazing team with which to change our world.
Yes, the reward for faithfulness in small responsibilities is bigger responsibilities. If you want to accomplish big things with your life you need to be faithful in the little to become prepared for the big so get back to the doing the dishes at church and praying for your pastor. Then one day you will be doing this AND feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and seeing Jesus doing miracles in and through you. It doesn’t come any other way.
If you don’t want to do big things for the Kingdom of God… eh, well, you need to pray because that’s no way to live.
Excuse me now while I go back to vacuuming the church hall, I’ve got a faithfulness to sow.
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