Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!
Proverbs 20:6 GNT
It was early on in our ministry and we were pastors of a church in northern Ohio and as I was setting up folding chairs in the auditorium for our Sunday service a young man came up to me and asked me a question.
I had not seen him before but I assumed he must have come for the Sunday service.
He asked me "Pastor I believe God has called me to full-time ministry, what should I do?" I remember this like it was yesterday, but it was 30+ years ago!
All I said to him was, come back next Sunday morning and help me set these chairs up. He looked at me with a rather quizzical look on his face and said thank you. To me it was very obvious that he expected a different answer. You know, receive some Bible training, get ordained and get on the platform and start preaching. Leave the "little things" to the Ministry of Helps because I am called to full-time ministry.
A number of things actually came to my mind when he asked that question. But one of the key prerequisites for ministry, for being one entrusted with the things of God, is can you be entrusted with what He gives you?
That young man had an opportunity! God was giving him with an assignment, I believe from God as I spoke to him.
Well next Sunday came and went and I never did see him again. That grieved my heart that day and still does today. I don't know if he ever went into ministry but this I do know, God is looking for faithful people. People He can trust!
God is looking for people who can be faithful in the even the smallest, seemingly, insignificant assignments.
Being faithful in the "little things" will bring more opportunities in life from God. But it always starts with the small things.
"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
Can God trust you?
I like what the Apostle Paul said to young Timothy whom he was training for the ministry.
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry"
1 Timothy 1:12 KJV