You have often heard people say what they would do “if.” If they had a million dollars they would give. If they had ability they would do this or that. That is, they say they would. Have you ever stopped to ask what these same people are doing with what they already have? That is a good indication of what they would do with more. That is exactly what Jesus said, “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” (Luke 16:10).
1. Faithfulness knows no difference in the matter of duty. If we have an obligation to God we must be faithful whether we consider it small or large. The size of the thing done is not the thing that matters. Surely, we all recognize the great good done by great gospel preachers among us. We surely ought to be thankful for them and applaud their efforts in preaching the truth. Such men as Guy N. Woods, Willard Collins and Gus Nichols have done a world of good in their work of preaching. May their tribe increase. Each of us can remember one or more efforts of these men that resulted in great good for the cause of Christ. They truly have been faithful in what we would call great.
What of those behind the scenes who have prayed for preachers and held up their hands as they preached and taught. One could think of a number of good folks that have opened their homes and hearts to these good men to allow them rest and refreshment for the task they had. These were just as faithful in the matters of hospitality as the preachers were in preaching. But each did what they had the ability and opportunity to do.
2. Faithfulness is sometimes more difficult in small things than in the large. There is often not the stimulation to do the small, unnoticed thing. Often the crowd is there to give a verbal boost to the large thing but that which is small is seldom seen or known. It, therefore, demands real dedication. Think a moment of Paul and Dorcas. One was in the public eye, the other was known by a small group. One demanded individual initiative where the other would have the encouragement of associates.
Don’t we find this principle in attending a large gathering? It is easy, as a rule, to go where the crowd goes. On the other hand, more is demanded when we come to some mid-week services where there are only a few. We have to do more on the individual basis.
3. Faithfulness in the little will lead to faithfulness in the much. The person who is careful about details will take care of the whole. I heard one man say, “If God gives a small ball to bounce, then do it and the reward will be a larger one.” If Paul had failed to do the things he was told in Damascus to do, he would never have the opportunity to do some things he did.
Men that were faithful with limited means in the past are the men who have been and became the giants among us today. Men who wouldn’t work with what they had, have no opportunities to do so now.
Racism: The belief that another human being is inferior because of their ethnicity.
Racism’s scourge on humanity has no place in the Christian’s heart. Unfortunately, the fact remains that any person can be influenced by his fellows more than by God’s word. It only takes a casual review of brotherhood journals from a few decades ago to find blatant racism within Christ’s church.
Racism robs others of their rights as creatures created in the image of God. It covets and steals a future hope in a brutal quest for power and supremacy. Racism begins with reviling others and frequently blossoms into murder, mayhem, and destruction.
However, the root of racism is a deeper problem: human cruelty. Like Satan himself, humans can be experts in inflicting cruelty on our fellows. There is not a nation, or tribe, or community that has not possessed within its borders those who are cruel…whatever the motive or manifestation.
The answer to human cruelty is not more human cruelty. The only answer is to be washed by blood of Christ (the willing victim of the greatest cruelty ever…for our sakes), be sanctified though the teaching of the Holy Spirit in his word, and to beat our swords into plowshares.
It is true that God given human beings free moral agency. In other words, we have the ability to choose. God, however, wants our choices to be wise, good, spiritual, and in harmony with His Word.
Sadly, many members of the church do not choose wisely when it comes to spiritual things. They have developed a “take it or leave it” mentality. Unfortunately, most of the time they “leave it” rather than “take it.”
- Sunday morning Bible class? Leave it.
- Sunday PM worship service? Leave it.
- Wednesday night Bible study? Leave it.
- Singing Night? Leave it.
- Work day? Leave it.
- Monday and Tuesday night of a gospel meeting? Leave it.
- Works of the church? Leave it.
- Special classes? Leave it.
- Visitation? Leave it.
- Leadership positions? Leave it.
- Helping with special events? Leave it.
Sadly, there are some who do not want to take very much. They just want to leave a lot behind.
I am glad Jesus didn’t consider the cross of Calvary a “take it or leave it” activity. I am glad the Holy Spirit did not think the revelation of truth was a “take it or leave it” work. I am thankful the apostles did not believe the fulfillment of the Great Commission was a “take it or leave it” mission.
What contributes to a “take it or leave it” mentality?
- A selfish heart
- A worldly heart
- A sinful heart
- An ignorant heart
- A lazy heart
- A too busy heart
- An undeveloped heart
- An unthankful heart
- An unconcerned heart
- A blinded heart
- A short-sighted heart
When we have choices to make, a question that we need to ask ourselves is this: “What choice would the Lord make in this situation?” The question can also be asked like this: “Would the Lord take it? Or, leave it?”
We MUST make the same choice our Lord would make. We will NEVER go wrong if we do.
I guess, with regard to this article, you can either “take it or leave it.”