“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
One of the most desired character traits any leader wants in a follower is faithfulness. In the parable above, the lord commended his servant for being faithful. This lord gave to each of his servants some talents to care for while he took a long journey. While he was gone, two of the servants invested their talents and doubled their value by the time their lord returned. When the lord saw what these servants had done, he said, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things…”
You will notice that the focus of the lord was more on the faithfulness of the servant than he was about the value of the talents. The value of the talents took back seat to the lord’s ability to trust these servants as faithful. If the LORD is going to greatly use you in the ministry, you are going to have to be faithful over the few things. Let me point out to you what it means to be faithful in a few things.
First, it means you are dependable to take care of what has been given to you. Churches need believers who are dependable to take care of what has been given them. It doesn’t matter what your task may be; you are only as valuable to the LORD’s work as you are dependable to the responsibilities that have been given to you. If you are not dependable, you are not faithful.
Second, it means you will be where you are supposed to be at the time you are supposed to be there. You may always show up where you are supposed to be, but showing up late is as good as not showing up at all. Every believer needs to be faithful in punctuality. You need to be in your place of service well before the starting time. If you are not dependable to be where you are supposed to be at the time you are supposed to be there, you cannot be considered a faithful servant.
Third, it means you will do what you are supposed to do without leaving anything undone. Don’t be a believer who only does a half-rate job. Be the type of believer who cares for everything. The LORD’s work will be efficient and productive if everybody does their job and leaves nothing undone.
Fourth, it means you will give your whole heart and effort to that which has been given you to do. A faithful believer is an impassioned worker who does their job unreservedly. You can’t hold back and be faithful. The LORD needs servants who are zealous in attitude and effort in their responsibilities.
Fifth, it means you will increase in your area of responsibility. These servants were faithful because they increased what was given to them. Anybody can maintain or decrease what has been given them, but faithful servants of the LORD give whatever they need to give to make their area increase. If you want to be considered a faithful servant, you need to build whatever area you are given to do.
Sixth, it means you trust your Master’s plan for your life. My friend, you may want something bigger to do, but you must be faithful to what the LORD has given you now. If you can’t be faithful with the few, you can’t be trusted with the great. Let me encourage you to become a faithful servant in your church.