Faithfulness

Having big dreams, visions for your future-they’re all good, especially if they’re God-given dreams.  I definitely acknowledge that having big dreams is an exercise in using your faith.  Dreams give you hope.

But how do we realize these dreams?  Do we just wake up one day with all our dreams coming true?  Maybe so, but that’s highly unlikely.  I don’t think that that’s how God works most of the time.  You see, if everything happens that way, in an instant, we don’t gain any character.  And character is something He definitely wants us to have.  To gain something good, we will more than likely have to work for it.

But we want big things!  We want an amazing job, tons of money, a great house, a beautiful wife.  We want people to respect us for our talent, coworkers to love our personality.  We want to be great!  Is there anything inherently wrong with these things?  I don’t think so.  I think God has great plans for our lives too.  Sometimes it does happen instantly.  When Saul became king of Israel, God chose him, and he instantly became king.  Of course, people already respected Saul, but I’m sure being king was one of his wildest dreams.

With David, it happened differently.  When he was anointed king, he had to wait for years until it finally happened, going through all kinds of trials before he got there.  He learned a lot from leading small groups of soldiers and small armies before he led an entire nation.  Most of the time, greatness happens like this.  Perhaps you are destined for greatness.  It will probably be a long road to get there.  Life will be difficult.  You might be bored sometimes, and you’ll most likely fail more than once.  That’s okay.  Keep going.  Stay faithful to your responsibilities.

Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit for a very good reason.  You’re not always going to feel like doing right.  However, you must remain faithful in the small things.  You want to get married someday?  Try being a good sister or brother to the ones around you.  Do you want to be a great missionary, reaching thousands for Christ?  Try reaching out to your coworkers, especially if it makes you uncomfortable.  Do you want to be a leader?  Be a servant.  Being faithful with the small things is what grows us, making us ready for the big things.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” -Luke 16:10

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2 thoughts on “Faithfulness

  1. Hope Smith

    Hi, I know you don’t know me but I had to comment. This post and many of your past posts have really helped and encouraged me. Your writing is a gift from God and I’m very thankful that you are using it. One post in particular came exactly when I needed it. Thank you. In Christ,
    Hope.

  2. Jeanal Savoie

    Hey Joel, I know you haven’t heard from me in a while however I just wanted you to know that your posts make a difference in people’s lives. They have helped me so tremendously. I’m going through a very difficult time right now and reading what other people say and listening to some advice has helped me. So thank you very much for writing this blog.

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