The Importance of Faithfulness


“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and that that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).

Too many people are not faithful in little things. They cannot be depended upon many times to perform even the smallest duties. They do not always keep their promises. They make appointments and do not keep them. They fail to pay their bills in a timely manner. They come late to their engagements or do not come at all. They are neglectful and unfaithful in little things. They may be good people in general, but their life is characterized by a lack of faithfulness.

Faithfulness in little things is a big thing! The Lord Jesus said in Luke 16 that those who are unfaithful in little things will also be unfaithful in big things. By contrast, one who is faithful in small matters and can be depended upon even in that which is least can be trusted with much. Faithfulness is important!

The story is told of a professional man who applied for a high-level position with a huge corporation. After the interview with the chief executive officer, he was invited to go to lunch with him in the company cafeteria. The CEO watched the man go through the cafeteria line with his tray and noticed that he slipped a two-cent pat of butter under his bread so he wouldn’t have to pay for it. He thought to himself, “If this man will be unfaithful in something so small, he is not the kind of man I can trust with my business.” That man lost what was probably the best job of his life over something so small as a pat of butter.

God’s question to us when we stand before Him as believers will not be, “How much were you noticed?” Or even, “How much did you accomplish?” Rather, His question will be, “Were you faithful in fulfilling your calling where I placed you?” The criteria for rewards or lack thereof is faithfulness.

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou 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” (Matthew 25:21).

We must strive to be more faithful one day at a time in taking care of others, in doing deeds of kindness, and in performing the small everyday tasks faithfully. If we do that, then the big things will be taken care of. Because David as a shepherd boy faithfully took care of a “few sheep” (1 Samuel 17:28), God entrusted him to lead the nation of Israel as their king.

How faithful are you? Remember what the Word of God says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).