One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (Luke 16:10 ESV)
I've been thinking a lot about leadership this summer. What does it mean to be a quality leader? What does God expect of leaders? What sets great leaders apart from average ones? Why are some leaders promoted and others not?
One of the things that the Lord has been pressing on my heart is this verse from Luke 16. This principle is clear - if you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in the big things.
If you treat small things like they are big things, then the Lord will entrust you with big things like they are small things. When you are someone who gives 110% no matter how small a task is, Jesus will trust you with much bigger tasks.
This principle applies to Chi Alpha and to our own lives.
Applications for Chi Alpha
I truly believe that if every one in our ministry gives 110% in the small things, the Lord will trust us with much bigger things.
Every Student is Invaluable and Irreplaceable
If we welcome every single freshman who comes through our doors like they are the only one in the room, Jesus will give us a lot of freshmen.
If we take time to know and love each student in our community, they will go all in and do the same for other students.
If we recognize that every student has God-given potential and we empower them to find that potential, God will unleash world changers in our midst.
A Commitment to Excellence Throughout
If we expect and pray for big things in every gathering no matter the attendance, God will consistently do great things and grow our influence.
If our small group leaders prepare for their small group like its the large group gathering, our small groups will be healthy and maybe even grow so big that they could be large group gatherings. (It's happened before!)
If everyone who serves on a team gives as much effort as they would if they were preaching the message, then our gathering will be irresistible.
Applications for Your Personal Life
Jesus is looking for people to give their all when no one is watching. He is looking for people who treat the small things in their lives like they are big things.
Love Jesus When No One Is Watching
If you are faithful in giving the Lord time each day to speak to you through concentrated prayer and Bible reading, then He will trust you with spiritual leadership.
If you give God your best this summer when you are away from Chi Alpha friends, God will bless you spiritually during the school year.
Serve in Anonymity
If you are able to serve in anonymity, then you will be able to serve in (the seemingly more glorious) public leadership roles. For example, if you want to be able to lead worship or preach in front of crowds, then you first have to be able to stack chairs. If you want to have a successful career, then you first have to be faithful in your homework.
If you want to be great for Christ and great in life, you have to be faithful in serving in seemingly small roles.
The examples are endless, but the principle remains. If you give your all in the little things, Jesus will bless you in the big things.
I pray that as a community we would capture this principle and make it a mantra of our lives.
When a group of hungry people do small things like they are big things, God will unleash the extraordinary like its ordinary.
Love you guys,