“Moshe asked Hashem not to turn to the offering of Datan and Aviram by saying, ‘I’ve never taken a donkey of theirs, and I never harmed any of them,’ which means Moshe Rabbeinu never took advantage of his position as leader of Bnei Yisrael. Often people in positions of authority abuse their power. Moshe never did so, nor did he harm anyone.
Why did he use this example to convince Hashem to turn to him and not them? Shouldn’t he have argued with something more ‘great’ which he did, such as taking the Jews out of Egypt, splitting the sea, and giving the Torah to them?
We all have two types of actions we are involved in: we have all done something at some point that we considered ‘great,’ and we are all involved in our day-to-day living.
Our true level is not measured by the great things we have done, but rather by who we are as a person, and what our station will be in the world to come is defined by what we do on a day-to-day basis…
We will be rewarded for everything,… but our ultimate level of eternal existence will be relative to our TRUE level, not a one-off great action we took… Who we are at our core is shown by our day-to-day actions and how we interact with others.”