Faithful in the Little Things

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If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.
- Luke 16:10

When I was a young Christian attending Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, I would listen to Pastor Chuck Smith and some of the other pastors and think, That is what I want to do. I want to serve the Lord like that. I want to speak.

I had been a believer for about three or four months when I went to see Pastor Chuck one afternoon. I sat down in his office and said, "I've been listening to you speak. I want you to know that I want to be used by God. Whatever you want me to do around here, I would be happy to do it."

I was kind of hoping he might say, "Greg, why don't you teach for me Sunday morning?" or something like that. Instead, he suggested that I talk to Romaine, another pastor at Calvary Chapel. (Romaine was a former drill sergeant in the Marine Corps.) So I went to Romaine's office and told him, "I want to be used by God."

"You do?"

I said, "Yes, I do. I want to serve the Lord."

"That's great," he said. "See that broom? See that tree? Start sweeping."

There was a pepper tree on the church property, which I believed had only one function: to drop leaves. I would sweep under this tree, and one minute later, there would be two hundred more leaves. I would sweep it up. Two hundred more leaves. That was all I did for weeks, even months. I just swept that tree and did little things around the church. But that was good. They were testing my faithfulness. Do you want to be used by God? Then be faithful in the little things.

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