Obedience Creates Opportunity

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.
Matthew 25:21

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

I think there’s a major misconception that exists about how God gives opportunities to His people to do something for Him. Many people want God to first give them great opportunities so they can display great obedience.  But often until then, they won’t be obedient with what they’ve already been given.

Maybe it’s the church planter who wants to preach for 5,000 people before he’ll preach with faithfulness and excellence to 500 people. Or 50 people. Or 5 people.

Maybe it’s the person who would love for God to give him $1 million to be generous with, but won’t even be generous with the paycheck he is receiving right now.

Maybe it’s the college student who is willing to die for his faith in the Middle East, when he can’t even share his faith with his roommate.

If you read the Bible, it’s pretty clear that that’s simply not the way it works with God.

  • Joseph had to be faithful and obedient in slavery and prison before he was put in charge over Egypt.
  • David had to herd sheep before he killed a giant.
  • Stephen had to wait tables for widows before he defended his faith to the masses.

God won’t give you more to do for Him until you can do what He’s already given you to do.

So:
Stop praying for a life of impact and do something impactful.
Stop praying for a bigger platform and use the one you’ve been given.
Stop praying for a better assignment and start performing better with the one you have.

Obedience creates opportunity, not the other way around.

Do something right now with what you have and watch the miraculous power of God multiply what you have. Be obedient with what God has given you, and He’ll give you more to be obedient with.

This entry was originally posted on October 17, 2011.