“A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Proverbs 28:20
It is conscientious attention to what the world terms “little things” that makes life a success. Little deed of charity, little acts of self-denial, speaking simple words of helpfulness, watching against little sins,–this is Christianity. A grateful acknowledgment of daily blessings, a wise improvement of daily opportunities, a diligent cultivation of intrusted talents,–this is what the Master calls for.
He who faithfully performs small duties will be prepared to answer the demands of larger responsibilities. The man who is kind and courteous in the daily life, who is generous and forbearing in his family, whose constant aim it is to make home happy, will be the first to deny self and make sacrifices when the Master calls.
We may be willing to give our property to the cause of God, but this will not count unless we give Him also a heart of love and gratitude. Those who would be true missionaries in foreign fields must first be true missionaries in the home. Those who desire to work in the Master’s vineyard must prepare themselves for this by a careful cultivation of the little piece of vineyard He has trusted to their care.
At the day of judgment, those who have been faithful in their everyday life…will hear the words, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Christ does not commend them for the eloquent orations they have made, the intellectual power they have displayed, or the liberal donations they have given. It is for doing little things which are generally overlooked that they are rewarded. —Messages to Young People, pp. 143-145
E. G. White, With God At Dawn, p. 82