God rarely elevates a person to a position of authority overnight. There is always a training ground we must go through to get to where the Lord wants us to be. Paul spent years under the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel as well as learned the ways of the west by living in the crossroads city of Tarsus. It was through his education in the scriptures and his knowledge of western society that he fulfilled his calling to reach the gentiles for Christ.
I can look at my own life and see how the Lord has used all of my education, both secular and religious, to bring me to the place He has me today. Through the church He equipped me to reach out to those around me in the world of motorsports. From a small beginning 8 years ago, our company has grown from a single camera operation to 2 units with multiple cameras in HD quality.
We are a sum of all of our experiences. The Lord uses everything to prepare us for the path He has chosen for us. There are many who are called to service in the church. Their job is significant as they equip the saints to reach family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers as they walk through life. Jesus gave the great commission to all of us, not just the workers inside the church. It’s time to understand we need to roll up our sleeves and get about our Father’s business.
by Os Hillman
“Who despises the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10
Life is filled with a series of small things that can amount to something big. Have you ever considered why the God of the universe came to earth and spent 33 years identifying with mankind through work? Jesus grew up as a carpenter’s son and, no doubt, learned the trade from His daily routine of helping His father. For 30 years He worked. When it was time for Him to begin to fulfill His purpose for mankind, He told countless stories of people and their work. He told stories of landowners, farmers, fishermen, tax collectors, and so on. He related to the everyday man because He Himself was one. This is why it was important for Him to have some personal work experience.
Life is filled with daily routines. Every now and then, God takes us to the mountaintop to experience His presence in a dramatic way. This is not the norm. It was not the norm for those in the Bible either. Moses spent 40 years in preparation. Paul spent a great deal of his life working toward the wrong purpose until a dramatic event changed his life. Jacob spent 20 years working for Laban.
God uses work to develop character qualities that He plans to use at the appropriate time. In the small things we develop trustworthiness with God. The day-in and day-out grind of working life molds us and makes us into what God desires. God may still be preparing you for something far greater. For now, however, you are learning the daily lessons of small things. Pray that you will be faithful.