Let each of you remain in the situation in which he was called. 1 Corinthians 7:20
I have big ideas. I have big dreams. Dreams I know that God has given me and the biggest struggle of my life is figuring out how to get from where I am, to where I know God told me I’ll be. I don’t see the path and it bothers me to levels I didn’t know existed.
Since working on my relationship with Jesus, I’ve been told that I need to be faithful in the small things and then God will trust me in the big things. Its sound advice. Luke 16:10 backs it up. 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. How am I supposed to get to the big dreams if I cannot even do what I’m supposed to be doing in this moment?
In his letter to the church of Corinth, Paul reminds them that they need to be faithful to where they are. The before and after verses reference circumcision and slaves. If you started following Jesus and were uncircumcised, you didn’t have to rush out and get that situated. The specifics of this do not matter. What matters is that we are serving the Lord where we are right now.
I am still on the path to my dreams. I am still working towards them. When God gave me the vision he gave me years ago, I didn’t just up and quit everything I knew to follow this. I started serving God where I was. I showed God’s love to the parents of the little children I used to teach. I showed God’s love to the little children I used to teach. I served God in my church and in ministries and allowed other people to pour into me. As seasons change and I’m finally getting onboard with the change, I’m learning how to serve God in where I am at now. Sometimes, we aren’t where we expect to be when we envision the bigger picture of serving God. There are a lot of steps to get to that place and it doesn’t happen overnight. However, we aren’t just to sit on our hands while we wait for that day. If we do that, the day will never come.
There are people who are called to be pastors and missionaries. These are amazing callings and I am thankful for every single person who took up their cross there and do these amazing ministries. However, just because we are not a pastor doesn’t mean we aren’t called to serve God. It doesn’t mean that we cannot do Kingdom work in our daily lives. We don’t need to be a pastor to be a light for God. We don’t need to be a missionary in a different country to talk about God. In fact, in America, we have the wonderful freedom that allows us to talk about God and serve God. Everything we do we should be doing for Jesus. So even if you are working at a clothing store, you are working for Jesus and you should act as such. If you knew Jesus was coming to inspect your work, how different would it look from what you are doing right now?
There are countless ways to serve God. We will have many seasons in life. We will have a lot of changes in life. The most important thing is that we dig in a little bit and bloom right where we are. Goals and dreams are great and vision is important. You also need to be working in the present and allowing God to get you ready for those dreams and those goals. The day when that vision comes to fruition, you want to be ready. That is why it is so important to bloom right where you are, right now. Do the best work you can right now. Bloom, right now.
Write it Out:
- Where are you stagnant? What in your life cannot you not get excited about? Where are your struggles?
- How can you get excited about where you currently are?
- If you are excited about where you are- how did you get there?
- How can you work on your perspective? And allow God to change your perspective?