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“He told them about how at Oxford he had refused to play basketball on a Sunday, even though it was the national championships, because he had promised God he wouldn’t; and how much pressure his coach and teammates had put on him to compromise just that one time. Later, he realized that if he had said yes that time he would have had no standing to say no another time, and what he learned–was that it was easier to do the right thing a hundred per cent of the time than ninety eight per cent of the time.” — New Yorker article, When Giants Fail, on Clayton Christensen the author of “the Innovator’s Dilemma.”
If you’re faithful with small things, you can be faithful with big things. But if you are NOT faithful with the small things, then it becomes MUCH harder to be faithful with bigger things. I think that’s something most people don’t realize. Not being faithful with little things like prayer and church and the serving-people and forgiveness these involve – makes it almost impossible to get to the big meaningful things God has for you.
The people God had big plans for, people like Noah and Abraham and Moses, learned faithfulness every day in a million little things before they were able to do the big tasks God had for them.
Now if you’ve failed at being faithful with the little things, the solution is simple. Repent. Start over. The forgiveness of the Cross doesn’t make faithfulness unnecessary – it’s real forgiveness and Jesus’ record imputed to you – so that you’ll have the strength to learn to be faithful. Starting with the little things, and on to the bigger.