Faithful with the Small Assignments while Waiting on God
Within the context of our “first things,” Christ does have specific assignments for his disciples – his warriors. But there will be seasons of drudgery, pain, and tremendous waiting on the fulfilment of the specific vision God has given us. “Does God really have a noble and unique purpose for my life that truly matters?” we question. “Yes, I thought God gave me a vision for my life’s calling, but why is it taking so long?” During these seasons of waiting, we are taught the importance of patience, humility, and trust. This is an essential part of our sanctification. Moses waited for 40 years to complete his assignment after receiving a vision to free the Isrealites from bondage in Egypt. Abraham and Sarah waited 20 years before Isaac was born. We may think, “But I can’t wait that long!”
How ever long it takes, we will learn that God’s timing is perfect and that He has so much to teach us as we are being transformed into brothers of Christ and are being prepared for our specific assignments. We are being asked to be faithful with the small assignments so that we can be trusted with the larger ones. For example, how can God entrust us with impacting our community, our city, or our world if we are not impacting our wives and kids in a Godly manner?
In the Parable of the Talents, the master asked three men to invest his money. He gave five bags of gold to one, two bags to another, and one bag to the third, “dividing it in proportion to their abilities.” The master was pleased with the first two servants who doubled his money. He celebrated them by saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matt. 25:21)
To the third servant, who lived in fear and didn’t utilize the investment the master had made in him, the master was furious: “You wicked and lazy servant! ... From those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness….” (v. 29-30) If we are part of our King’s brotherhood, the Spirit of God will ordain and anoint us to accomplish specific assignments for Him. But we must be faithful with the smaller assignments before He will entrust us with more.
“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost (Oct. 12)
As we are obedient to God’s will for our lives, we will be given special assignments that we were uniquely created and gifted to accomplish. But to give us hope and perseverance during the seasons of waiting and drudgery, God will give us special names or visions which reveal our identity and His heroic purposes for us. Have you ever asked God your name? Or have you ever asked God, “What do you think of me, and what are the plans you have for me if I totally surrender to your will – no matter the cost?” (see Jer. 29:11 NLT)
“God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision. It is in the valley that so many of us give up and faint. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience…. God has to take us into the valley and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the point where He can trust us with the reality of the vision. Ever since God gave us the vision, He has been at work. He is getting us into the shape of the goal He has for us, and yet over and over again we try to escape from the Sculptor’s hand in an effort to batter ourselves into the shape of our own goal.” (Oswald, My Utmost, July 6)