God promised to do something big you. You see the darkness gathering. The clouds of wickedness overtake the land. And there you sit, wanting desperately to be used of God. You want your gifts to be released. You want your vision to grow and prosper. Yet, it feels like a glass wall is holding you back. What can you do? Avoid these three mistakes:
1. Know the difference: Entitlement versus Expectation.
When Jesus said that one who is faithful over a 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 until you are in a job that is worthy of your talents before you give it your best. When the ‘entitled’ take a position that they feel 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 one is your current boss. If they sense that you feel ‘entitled’ and deserve more, they are already looking for your replacement. The other One Who is always watching you is unseen, and has the power to promote you and to bless you.
Zechariah 4:10 asks, “Who has despised the day of small beginnings?” The answer is, the entitled. Entitlement makes small beginnings sting. 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 over results that are probably better than what should have been expected. The warning in that phrase, ‘he who is faithful over little will be faithful over much,’ is this: if you are not faithful over little, you will never get to be “over much!”
Expectation gives joy and confidence that God’s blessing is inevitable. The woman with the issue of blood said within herself, “If I may touch His garment I shall be made well.” [Matt. 19:22]. 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 plows 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 remember those who were faithful. He will promote them to bigger things.
2. Go out only at the command of God. This quote is from God Calling, by A. J. Russell: “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 than 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.”
3. Stop human striving in order to do mighty things. Stopping seems foolish until you look closely at the demands of your day and question your motivations. Why do you do these things? You will see things that other people are saying 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 complained to Jesus that her sister Mary should be helping her more. Jesus said, “She has chosen the better part.” Let God’s inspiration take the place of your own aspiration.
The world doesn’t need ‘supermen’—it needs ‘supernatural men.’ It needs people who will persistently refuse to work by Human Effort and, instead, allow Divine Power to work through them. Do not fear unemployment! God wants to work through you. He always has plenty of work that needs to be done, and He always pays His workers well!
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