If you truly want to be great and fulfil your divine purpose, you must learn how to be faithful with anything committed in your care. Whether that thing belongs to you or not.
One easy way to identify anyone who will eventually become a successful leader is to monitor how careful he is in handling the little things in his custody, especially when those things do not directly belong to him nor bring him personal benefits.
The Greatest Teacher that ever walked the surface of this terrestrial ball gave an important teaching on promotion and increase. And one of the pathways He highlighted was faithfulness. In Luke 16:10-12, He made the following statements,
10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
There are valuable things that faithfully doing a job assigned to you teaches you, and that is PROCESS. You get to learn the nuances of that field and how to tackle problems successfully. There are useful insights and adaptive techniques that working under someone else will teach you. If you aren’t conscientious in taking care of the little resources in your care, you aren’t qualified to be entrusted with larger resources. If you can’t sacrifice to make the little in your care work, you will also fail if much is kept under your watch.
If you aren’t faithful while working for someone else as an employer, nobody will trust you to run a company successfully because you lack the necessary qualities to manage others and larger resources. Also, your employees may pay you in the same coin; some people call it the law of karma, but I call it the law of retribution.
If you can’t successfully manage the funds of another person, don’t expect to suddenly be able to manage your funds tomorrow.
If you can’t manage 50 people well, no one would trust that you can manage 50,000 people well. Even God won’t allow you to have such a number of people under your care least you destroy them.
If you can’t make the required sacrifices to see that little group grow and blossom, you won’t have the sacrificial attitude to nurture a larger group.
If you can’t pay tithe on 50 dollars, you won’t pay the tithe on 50,000 dollars when it’s time. God can’t trust you with wealth when you can’t give Him a tenth part of the little you have at the moment.
How faithful you are in little things determines how faithful you’ll be with great things. And faithfulness in little things is what qualifies you to ask for big things.