August 8th, 2013,
The darkness gathers. The clouds of wickedness overtake the land. There you sit wanting desperately to be used of God. You want your gifts released. You want your vision to grow and prosper. Yet, it feels like a glass wall is holding you back. What do you do? God want s to use you to do amazing things…don’t blow right before the finish line! Check these things:
Make sure you Know the difference: Entitlement versus Expectation. When Jesus said, “He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” it is both a warning and a promise. I believe it warns us about two attitudes: Entitlement and Expectation. These look alike but they are polar opposites.
Entitlement tells you to wait to give it your best when you are in a job worthy of your talent. When the “entitled” do take a position that is “beneath” them, they work as if they are just passing through. This always backfires because there are always at least two people watching you. The first is your current boss. If they sense that you feel entitled to more, they are already looking for your replacement. The other who is watching you is unseen, someone who has the power to promote you. There is always someone watching you who has the power to bless you.
Entitlement makes small beginnings sting. Zechariah 4:10 asks, “who has despised the day of small beginnings?” The answer is, the entitled. Great works of God start small and require hard work. Entitlement doubles your load. You not only face the hard work that always accompanies success but you are also grieving at results that are probably better than should have been expected. The warning in, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,” is if you are not faithful over little, you will never get to be “over much!”
Expectation: Expectation says, “Keep going, I can get there from here!” Joy and confidence that God’s blessing is inevitable and that it can come from the most unpromising sources. The woman with the issue of blood said within herself, “if I could but just touch the hem of His garment I shall be whole.” Expectation finds beauty in the smallest task because God is in the task. Expectation says, “Keep going, I can get there from here!” Expectation is a bulldozer that plow under the most discouraging mounds of adversity and setbacks. The promise of Jesus is, ““He who is faithful over little will be faithful over much.” God will remembers those who were faithful. He will promote them to big things.
Expectation also works the other way. It shows you when your current location is a prison and not a promise. Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. If a leader does not believe in your gift and sees you as cheap labor then realize that it may be time to move on.
Go out only at the command of God. This quote is from God calling, “The world has always seen service for me to be activity. Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things.”
Stop human striving in order to do mighty things. Not only can bad leaders rob your life, you can do it to yourself! X-ray the demands of your day. Why do you do them? You will see things that people say you must do. You will see things that you only think are vital. You will see things that you are doing that only God can do. Martha whined to Jesus about Mary. Jesus said, “She has chosen the better part.” Let inspiration take the place of aspiration.
I know you are champing at the bit, but let the timing and power of God work through you. Never are we tested more than when finances are scarce. We want to take care of those we love and yes, we must be diligent but it is dangerous when we move from diligence to hustling. Many preachers hustle bookings, many business people go into panic partnerships and it always ends the same way. Instead of solving the crisis new problems are created. We look back and regret that we did not wait for the God sent opportunity that would have launched us forward.
If you have a child then for certain you have experienced their impatience. You know that they do not realize how much good you want to do for them in good time. We are exactly the same. We grow antsy when things don’t happen soon enough and losing sight of our Father’s good intentions for us, we take matters into our own hands.
God Calling adds this final quote “The world does not need supermen but supernatural men. People who will persistently turn the self out of their lives and let Divine Power work through them. Do not fear unemployment! God always plenty of work to be done and always pays His workers well.”