Never underestimate the power of being faithful in natural things. In the kingdom of God, its first the natural and then the spiritual. Natural law reflects spiritual law and we can’t say we follow Jesus and then be lazy in our practical responsibilities. In some weird way, it can be easy to excuse tardiness and slackness by pointing to God’s grace but this would actually reflect a poor theology of grace. God’s grace empowers us to live holy and be faithful, not to make excuses for self-centered living.
In the context of handling money, Jesus said (Luke 16:10), ‘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.’ How we handle little responsibilities says a lot about how we would go with bigger responsibilities.
All throughout my ministry I have been committed to doing whatever it takes to fulfil the mission and make a difference in people’s lives. As an intern, I would set the chairs and staging up and then preach on it later that night and then unpack it afterwards with a small team of people helping. Little did I know at the time but this was all preparation for planting and leading a thriving church in the future, where I would have to do much of the same. I so value teams of people around me that give sacrificially of themselves to the practical side of ministry.
We must seek faithfulness in the practical side of life because Jesus see’s everything as having spiritual significance. What has God put into your hands now? Rather than looking at the future alone, look at what is in front of you now and put your hand to it. Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all of your might (Ecc 9:10).