October 18 Responsibility

scripture reading: Matthew 25:14–30
key verse: Matthew 25:21

His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

The fast track for success is faster than ever. Employers complain that young people want to rise to the top as quickly as possible without any time–consuming layovers in areas they consider unnecessary.

Success in any area, however, does not come easily; and it is no different in the spiritual realm. If you want to do great things for God, you must be willing to endure the small things with patience. There are often seasons when the Lord prepares you faithfully for future challenges.

Responsibility is learned in the little things. Can God entrust a pastorate to one who is inconsistent in teaching a Sunday school class? Can He send someone overseas to the lost if he has not labored among the unsaved where he lives?

Responsibility is best learned on the backstage where you are diligent and faithful because you want to please the Lord, not other people. As you learn to labor consistently out of the limelight, God can challenge you with progressively more demanding opportunities. A responsible Christian is one whom God and other people can count on in any circumstance.

Are you faithful where He has placed you, or do you clamor for more? Persevere, and your future is bright.

Heavenly Father, I really do want to accomplish great things for You. Help me to be faithful in the small things.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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