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Follow The Process

I recently used a program to lose weight. After one day of following the rules and eating healthy, I stepped on the scale to see my progress. No change. The first thought to come to mind is, “This stuff doesn’t work!” It’s funny because I didn’t gain weight over night, but somehow my mind thinks that if I eat right for one day, I should have dramatic improvement. My coach encouraged me to continue following the process and to stock with it. Each day, I stepped on the scale to check my progress though. Some days I lost weight, others I stayed the same. The coach reminded me that weight loss shows up in more than the scale. Even though it didn’t show it, my measurements were shrinking. He encouraged me to continue to be patient and to follow the process. After following the process for a couple of months, I saw the progress I was looking for.

God has processes too. In 1 Samuel 16, David was anointed as king of Israel, but he wasn’t ready to be king. God had a process for him to follow first. For much of that process, David was on the run from the current king, Saul. There were several times that David had the opportunity to skirt the process and to kill Saul. David didn’t listen to the voices around him trying to get him to kill Saul though. One instance was in 1 Samuel 26. Abishai and David snuck up on Saul while he was sleeping, and his spear was right beside him. Abishai thought God had delivered Saul to David. In verse 10 David replied, “I know that the Lord himself will kill Saul, either when his time comes to die a natural death or when he dies in battle” (GNT). David wasn’t willing to skip the process no matter how long it took. He was willing to wait for Saul to die naturally.

I’ve learned that the greater the calling you have, the longer the process is. David had to wait 15 years to be king. Just like David, we must be patient in the process and trust it. Philippians 1:6 says, “And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.” What God has started in you will be completed. It may seem like things are going slow or there’s no progress, and at times that you’re going backwards, but God is working. A lot of what God does in the process can’t be measured. Like David, we need to be patient. If God called you to it, He will fulfill it in His time. Be faithful in what seems like the little things (Luke 16:10). Don’t despise small beginnings either (Zechariah 4:10). God will be faithful to complete what He began in you. Just take the process one step and one day at a time.

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Being Faithful Now

In sales psychology, there’s a saying: The greatest predictor of future behavior is past behavior. In history, you’ve heard it said as, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Being human, we don’t like change. Whether that’s the change in our environment, change in our processes or change in our behavior. Because we are opposed to change, we get the same results in our life over and over again. We wonder why we keep falling into the same trap, why life doesn’t get better or why we can’t break a cycle. It’s because we haven’t changed any behavior. If you want to change your future, do something different in your present.

God entrusts each one of us with gifts, talents, income and other things. He’s watching to see what we do with them. Are we someone who cultivates these things, hoards them or wastes them? If you’re looking at someone else’s gifts, talent or money, and you’re thinking, “If only I had what they have, things would be different,” you’re deceiving yourself. Yes, it might be different for a while, but in the end, you’d be back to where you are because of your behavioral patterns. When God looks to give you more of whatever you want, He looks at what you’re doing now with what He’s entrusted to you.

Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (NLT). Every one of us have the opportunity to get greater things and responsibilities, but it depends on what we’re doing with what we have now. We have to quit focusing on future desires and be faithful with what we have if we want more. Don’t despise small beginnings. Instead be faithful in them and God will see He can trust you with more. God looks at our heart more than our outward actions. Pray that God would help you to be faithful in what you have now so He can trust you with more later.

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