Integrity. Character. Terms that denote honesty, patience, and perseverance. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” It’s the little things that count in our lives. God judges, not from how things appear, but from the reality out of which actions are born—the heart. God gives from His heart, and He expects that we do nothing less. But when we sin, when we are not faithful in the small, few things that He has given us, how can we be given bigger things to work with? God won’t give us what we cannot handle, nor will He leave us without the ability to accomplish what He has set before us. That is why we can use temptation to our advantage, as a means to overcome sin. He has promised us that we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear. We’ve already got the victory over sin, but if we are not faithful with that authority, we will fail.
However, if we are faithful in the little things, God will give us the ability to climb higher, to experience new and different levels of relationship with Him. In the eternal perspective, greater things are the greater visions. We cannot expect God to fulfill our ideas of “huge” vision (which, compared to His vision, is small anyway) when we are not faithful in the visions He has already given us. In reality, it is the small things that prove to be great in the end, which is why we are called to never despise the small beginnings and small things that God has given. It is the great things that prove to be of little consequence because in order to attain the great, one must first prove to be faithful in the small things.