Continued from here.
I previously mentioned a statement from Tony Evans’ book, Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny, which I’ll repeat again here. When people newly out of seminary ask Pastor Evans how to become a pastor of a megachurch, he advises them to go preach in a prison. His point is that God entrusts us with smaller tasks to prepare us for larger tasks, and we need to prove ourselves faithful in the small things before God will entrust us with bigger ones.
Jesus said the same thing with his parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-15). His point in the parable was this:
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 15:10
God may have placed a big vision on your heart. I can relate because He has placed a big one on mine as well. However, He has also made it clear that the timing for that big vision is not now. He has placed me exactly where I need to be to develop the skills now that I will need to accomplish the bigger vision later, and He previously placed me exactly where I needed to be to develop the skills needed for where I am now.
I did not start out as the executive director of a statewide prison ministry with 40 active small group ministries across the state. I started out leading a small group of about 10 women through a Disciple Bible Study through my home church. After three years of that study, I started leading other types of Bible studies (mostly Beth Moore) through my church. When I went through a season of rebellion in an area of my life, the number of attendees dwindled to five. When I got back on track and became are more trustworthy leader, the number grew to over 30. God gave me years of practice in administering small groups through my church in preparation for serving as an executive director for a statewide prison ministry, and what I’m learning now is preparing me for an even bigger assignment for which only God knows the timing. Be faithful in the small things, and God will lead you to bigger assignments.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cover of Tony Evans’ Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny. Courtesy Amazon.]