Luke 19:17, “And he (Jesus) said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities”
1 Corinthians 4:2, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful”
One stormy night an elderly couple entered the lobby of a small hotel and asked for a room. The clerk said they were filled, as were all the other hotels in town. “But I can’t send a fine couple like you out in the rain,” he said. “Would you be willing to sleep in my room?” The couple hesitated, but the clerk insisted. The next morning when the man paid his bill, he said, “You’re the kind of man who should be managing the best hotel in the United States. Someday I’ll build you one.” The clerk smiled politely.
A few years later the clerk received a letter from the elderly man, recalling that stormy night and asking him to come to New York. A round-trip ticket was enclosed. When the clerk arrived, his host took him to the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street, where stood a magnificent new building. “That,” explained the man, “is the hotel I have built for you to manage.” The man was William Waldorf Astor, and that hotel was the original Waldorf-Astoria. The young clerk, George C. Boldt, became its first manager. Thus, the reward for diligent and faithful service in small things is the fulfillment that comes from being entrusted with greater service for our God and King.
Much of our attention and praise is directed toward highly visible and successful people. However, occasionally we read about an ordinary, obscure person being honored for many years of faithful service. It may be a school custodian, a cafeteria worker, a handyman, or a clerk of a small hotel, such as George C. Boldt, who has served others in a dependable and unselfish way. Many times that kind of reliability often goes unnoticed, but I do believe it’s a powerful picture of how we are to live. Although consistency may not be flashy, days add up to a life of great significance to God, our Creator.
The apostle Paul wrote, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful”. If we live faithfully for Christ, God has promised to reward us at His appointed time. My brethren, when the Lord comes, He “will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Most of us are just ordinary believers in Christ who live routine lives. Yet, our extraordinary God wants all of us to be everyday disciples who are faithful and fruitful. Never downplay the importance of what you are doing for Jesus Christ.
(1) When we long for success, God says, “I will reward you.”
(2) When we ache for recognition, God says, “I see you.”
(3) When we are ready to quit, God says, “I will help you.”
Whether our service is public or private, our responsibility is the same, to be faithful and patient, because our reward is coming!
In all the little things of life,
Yourself, Lord, may I see;
In little and in great alike,
Help me to faithful be! – Anon
God doesn’t ask us to be successful but to be faithful.