Matthew 25:21 (KJV) His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
It's been aptly said that we have to learn to walk before we can run. Whether you're trying a new hobby or learning a new job, it's a simple fact of life that you have to master the basics before you can ever hope to become an expert. The problem is that this takes time, and time is a commodity in short supply.
We live in an age of instants where everything has to happen five minutes ago. We go through the drive-thru and grouse about how long it takes to get our meals. We stew in traffic and wonder why it can't go faster. Some of you were even upset at how long it took this web page to load. Our society encourages impatience and instills in us a desire for instantaneous gratification; this makes it easy to get ahead of ourselves and to start trying to run before we can walk.
This is a very real danger of the Christian life. Oftentimes, we get wrapped up trying to determine what God's big responsibilities are for our life and what occupation He has for us. We want to know what the big plan for our life is right this instant. When this happens, we forget about all the little details of the Christian life, like witnessing, spending time in prayer or our daily Bible study. We also forget that God doesn't operate according to our instant expectations: He has his own timetable.
Look at the middle of Matthew 25:21. Because the servant was faithful over a few things, that servant was put in charge of the big things. The servant had to prove that he could walk before God would let him run; that's something that took effort on the servant's part and a lot of time. It wasn't an instant process. It's the same in our lives as well. While it's good to seek the big responsibilities that God has for us, we must never lose sight of the foundational building blocks of the Christian life: Bible study, prayer and the fellowship of believers. We need to be patient and show that we're faithful in the little things that God has revealed to us. It's only then that God will trust us with bigger responsibilities.
Take a moment and examine your life today. Are you stumbling because you've lost sight of the little things? Spend some time walking, and God will tell you when its time to run.