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Big Dreams? Be Faithful.

April 25th, 2011 Posted in sermons

Do you have big dreams to accomplish something great for God?

I have some advice for you-

Be faithful in the little things and God will give you more to do.

When David was called by God to be king, he was out watching sheep, just being faithful. The day David killed Goliath, he didn’t wake up that morning and hear God say, “David, today you are going to the valley of Elah. There will be a giant Philistine named Goliath, and you will kill him with a stone.” No, at his dad’s request, David was taking some cheese sandwiches to his brothers out on the front line…just being faithful on an errand for his dad.


Gideon, Elisha, Moses, Daniel, and Mary

What was Gideon doing when God called him? He was hiding from his enemies. He was terrified. But God saw his potential, and the next thing Gideon knew, he was leading troops into battle.

And what was Elisha doing when Elijah called him to carry on the work? He was out plowing in the field. Moses was watching a bunch of sheep in the desert when God called him to deliver the Israelites. Then there was Daniel, who was so faithful to the Lord that his enemies couldn’t find one thing wrong with him. They had to make up lies about him so that he would be sentenced to death. And how about that teenage girl named Mary living in Nazareth who had a visit from one of God’s most powerful angels, with a message about a Child, who would be called the Son of the Most High?

Just be Faithful.

My point is this: They were faithfully doing what God had set before them. They weren’t running around, looking for big, important things to accomplish. They didn’t have public relations consultants or agents. They were simply doing the little things, waiting on God.

Sometimes, we have great ideas of what God will do. But we have to wait on Him. What are your dreams right now? Maybe you want to do something for God, but you think it will never happen. Then again…maybe it will. Maybe it even will surpass your wildest dreams. Just be faithful to do what God has set before you right now.

Your future is safe in His hands.

12 Responses to “Big Dreams? Be Faithful.”

  1. maria hance says:

    It’s an eye-opener and very encouraging! Thank you, Greg!

  2. Cam Barber says:

    Pastor Greg,

    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am starting the process of moving to Washington and planting a church. Your wisdom and words have been an encouragement to me during this time that I am stepping out in faith to what God would would do through me.

    In Him,

    Cam

  3. c thomasson says:

    Greg, you are such an example to the ever increasing flock God is giving you! I recall many years ago, your youthful exuberance as a leader and pastor. Like David you have been ever so attentive to your flock, faithful in the small things. Now today, due to your continued steadfastness, even enduring a time of unspeakable sorrow, your faith is evident. Through it all, it is allowing God to work His mysterious ways and unfolding dreams one never thought possible! Thank you for your gracious words of hope and encouragement, may God continue to enrich and bless Harvest the days to come!

  4. Rabeka Alexander says:

    Just the encouragement I needed. I often hear A New beginning and it revives me.
    May God use you even more mightily.
    Thanks for being a blessing.

  5. Julie Lombino Everett says:

    Thank you for this reminder, Greg. As people, we’re impatient by nature. We want to know the beginning, the middle, and the end of everything without any details left out. As Christians, we must be patient and wait on Him. Nobody said it was easy but faith will lead us through.

    Again, thank you for the reminder to focus on the present and allow God to take care of the rest. He is so faithful.

    In His Love,
    Julie

  6. Treading Water says:

    Hi Pastor,

    Thanks for this post. I was up late tonight and couldn’t sleep. Life is so short, and I was just praying in bed how I could know God more to see what he wants me to be doing with my freewill.
    I typed in “how to know God” in google and came to your site.

    It confirmed in my heart what I was feeling. I was thinking of that sweet/corny starfish story–the guy throwing the few starfish back into the sea of the thousands that washed to shore and would dry out within hours and die.

    fyi, I pray for you and some other pastors who are on my prayer list.
    I appreciate what you do and your ministry. I am sure for pastor’s that with all the responsibilities they have, life’s waves can put pastor’s in a “washing machine”. (A term I used growing up when a set of waves would keep pounding me when I would get stuck trying to paddle past the break.) Hope all is well!!

    Psa 55:22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
    1Pe 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
    Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

  7. Allison says:

    Thank you so much for this post. It was very encouraging. I decided this year I wanted to be a tangible blessing to more people so I have looked for opportunities. But I think God wants to work in me more before giving me something.

    Thank you again.

  8. Robert Slominski says:

    Best thing I can do here is give a huge AMEN =)

  9. Matagofie Luafau says:

    Thank you so much! I know God has great things to be done. I will remain faithful in the things given to me.

  10. Judith @ Love in Marriage says:

    This is always such an important perspective. And yet, so often, my husband and I seem to lose sight of it. We are in a place of transition and we would like to know what comes next. Perhaps we need only to focus on what God has placed in front of us right now. On the little things he has asked us to do.

    And then, we’ll see . . .

  11. Ace Frederick says:

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  12. Ashley Jensen says:

    Thanks for this Greg. It’s right where I’m at. Very encouraging!

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