BE FAITHFUL IN A FEW THINGS

by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles,
Saturday Evening, November 26, 2011

“His lord said unto him, 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 (Matthew 25:21).


Christ gave this parable to teach us what He requires us to do. There are only a few things, and they are simple. But He requires us to be faithful in doing them. In fact, being faithful in these few things is all that Christ requires. If we are “faithful over a few things,” we will receive His praise and a reward. Christ will then say to us,

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things…”

Christ will reward our faithfulness “over a few things.”

“Thou has been faithful over a few things” (Matthew 25:21).

What then are these “few things” that Christ wants us to be faithful in?

I. First, be faithful in church attendance during finals and the holidays.

Christ founded the local church at Jerusalem where His disciples could gather together and serve Him. The disciples met in church regularly and faithfully. They did not let anything stop them. The first thing that Christ requires you to be faithful in is regular church attendance. Christ wants you to be someone He can count on to be in church no matter what happens. Come to church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Saturday evening. Follow carefully Dr. Cagan’s “Twelve Commandments” in studying so you won’t have to miss during finals, Christmas, and New Year’s. Be faithful like the disciples who,

“Continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The “Thirty-Nine” people who saved this church during the “great split” began by being faithful in church attendance. When they first came to church, they were young high school and college students just like you. And the Bible says,

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

The “Thirty-Nine” began being faithful “in that which is least,” that which is easy, which is regular church attendance. And now they are faithful in much more. You can depend upon them to do their jobs without fail. You can depend on them. We know that they will always come to evangelism and do personal evangelism. We know that they will give of their time and money sacrificially. We know that the drivers will be ready to drive. We know that the guards will be at their posts, guarding our parking lot and our inner city church building. We know that the cooks will always be here to prepare the food. We know that the leaders will take care of their prospects. These are people that you can count on. These are people you can build a church on! They are dependable. You can count on them. Make them your example. Be faithful to attend church every Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday night.

Now you new young people, be faithful in church attendance. That’s how you start out as a disciple of Christ. Be faithful in church attendance during finals and the holidays, and Christ will reward you!

“Thou hast been faithful over a few things” (Matthew 25:21).

II. Second, be faithful in Bible reading.

A person cannot be a disciple of Christ without daily Bible reading. Jesus said,

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Reading the Bible faithfully every day will help you tremendously. God will speak to you, strengthen you, and guide you as you read the Bible. The Psalmist said,

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
       (Psalm 119:105).

Oh, what great nourishment to the soul to read God’s Word! Be faithful in it. Do it every day. Christ will reward you for it.

Also, Bible study without obeying the Bible is sin. The Bible says,

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

The Bible tells us to do things! Let us not be like many new-evangelicals who only study the Bible! Christ wants you to obey the Bible. Let us be faithful to our local church! Let us faithfully read the Bible every day.

In our day many new-evangelicals do not endure sound doctrinal preaching, “but after their own lusts [shall] heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (II Timothy 4:3). And these Bible teachers say that they are “perfecting [of] the saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). Yet most of their people never do any ministry at all! No soul winning. No prayers for the lost. They do little if anything for Christ. They are,

“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 3:7).

Bible study alone is not the work of the ministry! Away with it from the face of the earth!

“Thou hast been faithful over a few things” (Matthew 25:21).

III. Third, be faithful in prayer.

Christ taught His disciples to pray. He also taught them the Lord’s Prayer. If we are to be Christ’s disciples, we must be faithful in prayer as well. There are many, many things to pray for in the work of the ministry. The Bible says,

“In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

We should pray that God would help us in our soul winning. If you’re not converted, you should pray that God would awaken you, convince you of your sin, and draw you to Jesus. We should pray for God to send revival to our church. We should pray that God would help us with our school or work. We should pray for the sick among us. We should pray for those who are in need of a job. We should pray that God would help our pastor in his preaching. The Apostle Paul asked the church in Ephesus to pray for his preaching. He said,

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel”
       (Ephesians 6:18, 19).

Oh, let us have a burden in prayer for the preaching! Let us pray that God would send a “demonstration of the spirit and of power” in our pastor’s preaching. Oh, that souls would be converted through the preaching! Let us pray that it will be so!

Join with us wholeheartedly in prayer on Saturday night for group prayers. We have many burdens. There are many things we need God to give us. We need to count on you to pray every day. Do it! Do it! Do it!

IV. Fourth, be faithful in soul winning.

Christ told us that He came to earth to save lost sinners.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Christ taught soul winning both by example and through instruction. The first thing that Christ tells us is,

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”
       (Matthew 4:19).

And the last thing Christ told us was,

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

If we are to be faithful followers of Christ, we must always be at the business of soul winning. Our church will not grow unless you are constantly working to get names and bring people with you to church. Invite prospects from the college and high school campuses. Invite your family and friends at work or school to be with us. Pray for God to help you. Then compel them to come to church. Then compel them to come back Sunday evening and Saturday evening. Compel them to come all the way in to our church!

Christ only asks us to be faithful in a few things. These are simple things. Be faithful in church attendance every weekend. Be faithful in Bible reading every day. Be faithful in prayer every day. Be faithful in evangelism every week. Be faithful in these 4 simple things and some day Christ will say to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Come with us! Let us be faithful in serving Christ together! May it be so in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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BE FAITHFUL IN A FEW THINGS

by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan

“His lord said unto him, 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 (Matthew 25:21).

I.   First, be faithful in church attendance during finals and
the holidays, Acts 2:42; Luke 16:10.

II.  Second, be faithful in Bible reading, Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:105;
James 1:22; II Timothy 3:7.

III. Third, be faithful in prayer, Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18, 19.

IV. Fourth, be faithful in soul winning, Luke 19:10; Matthew 4:19;
Matthew 28:19.