Scottish minister of a previous generation recounted a dream to his
congregation. He dreamed he had died and came to the Pearly Gates. To
his dismay, he was denied entrance until he presented his credentials.
Proudly the pastor articulated the number of sermons preached and the
prominent pulpits occupied. But Saint Peter said no one had heard them
in heaven. The discouraged servant enumerated his community involvement.
He was told they were not recorded. Sorrowfully, the pastor turned to
leave, when Peter said, "Stay a moment, and tell me, are you the man who
fed the sparrows?"
"Yes," the Scotsman replied, "but what does that have to do with it?"
"Come in," said Saint Peter, "the Master of the sparrows wants to thank you."
Here is the pertinent, though often overlooked, point: great and prominent positions indicate skill and capacity, but small services suggest the depth of one's consecration.
-- Jones, G. Curtis