I, Dan, write this reflective blog based on what God has been teaching me since September of 2016.
I will be honest that, at times, I get frustrated with God. That frustration passes however with a deeper understanding of what He is doing.
God has been very clear with me over the last few months about being faithful with the little things. He has brought me back, time and time again, to Matthew 25. Jesus tells this story of what the Kingdom is like. He says it is like a wealthy man who goes on a trip and gives three workers money to manage in his absence. Two invest the money for their master and one does not. He does nothing with it. The two who invested the money get different returns but increased the masters holdings. When the master returns from his trip he praises the two who increased his wealth by saying (in verse 21 and 23 ) ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” But the servant who simply buried the money (did nothing with it) is punished.
What does this have to do with me???
Well, as we look down the long, slow road of ministry here in Portugal, where it takes years for people to trust and accept others into their lives I am convinced that God is telling me to be faithful with the few people who are responding. He’s telling me to be faithful with small, hard-fought victories and faithful with the slow response. A harvest is coming but I must be faithful with “a few things” so that he can give us more at the right time.
But this is where the frustration comes in. Do you know how many years Israel waited for the Messiah? Thousands of years. How many years did Abraham wait for Isaac to be born? 25 years. Simeon waited his whole life to see the Messiah. How long has the church been waiting for Jesus to return? And what about me??? How long am I willing to wait for the harvest here in Portugal……How long are our financial supporters willing to support and wait for the harvest…..
God’s timing is not our timing and that can be frustrating, but he calls us to be faithful and to wait….
So I commit to be faithful in the little things so that one day I can partake in the bigger blessing God is preparing…