Many years ago, a young store clerk was up for a raise in salary and possibly a promotion. One day the president of the company decided to take the star employee out to lunch. But as they were making their way through the cafeteria line, the president saw the young man hide a pat of butter under his napkin so that he could avoid being charged. The president determined then and there that the young man could not be fully trusted and therefore he never received the advancement.
The Bible says –
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:10-11 NLT)
Though the young man would probably never steal something major from his employer; his seemingly insignificant act of hiding the butter under his napkin revealed a lot about his character. It told the president of the company that under certain circumstances, this young man would be dishonest.
Joseph said it best while being seduced by his master’s wife,
“How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9)
Regardless of whether anyone else ever sees our actions, God always does. We must never forget that. Today, the Lord will be with us every step of the way. He will watch our actions, listen to our words, and even read our thoughts. Others may look upon us and think that we are something wonderful; yet if the Lord sees sin in our hearts, we may be little more to Him than “whitewashed sepulchers full of dead men’s bones.”(see Matthew 23:27)
Will any of us be perfect today? I doubt it. But in those moments of weakness, rather than giving in to our temptation, let’s try praying to the Father and seek His help to resist and to maintain our pure character. And if we sin, let’s not hold on to it; let’s quickly confess it for what it is and forsake it. (see 1 John 1:8-9)
Wouldn’t it be terrible to miss a heavenly promotion over something as simple as a slice of butter?