If you wait for the big events to really prove yourself as an employee or as a husband or wife, you never will! Those who prove themselves worthy in the smallest of matters will naturally prepare for bigger ones.
A Bible parable illustrates this in Matthew 25. Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to “a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods” (verse 14). Christ gave unto each servant according to their individual talent or ability. When Christ returned, each servant was rewarded according to what he did with what he had.
To one of the servants, Jesus said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (verse 21).
The fundamental Bible principle is this: Character is more important than the specific talent. If it’s the difference between building character or gaining a promotion through dishonesty, take character every time! Again, what good is your education or job if you haven’t learned to be an honest, responsible citizen in the community and family?
On the other hand, if you are with a reputable company, perhaps you have been overlooked for a promotion because of your lack of character. If so, consider the parable above. Have you been faithful in the little things? Ask an honest friend, a co-worker, boss or spouse how faithful you have been in the little things.
In this “get it now” generation, few graduates are willing to start from the bottom and work their way up. They want the big position now. Yet godly character enables one to grow and develop, even in the smallest things. There is a reason why character development is likened to investing money in the parable of the talents. If you take the opportunity to build character in the little things, when the big things come up, like a growing bank account, you’ll have something to draw on!