“And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.” (Revised Standard Version)
I have been through valleys, hard times and low moments in life and ministry. I have discovered that most of my challenges came against me because of the pursuit of my purpose.
I want to share with you on how to handle times or periods of insignificance while in pursuit of your purpose. How do you respond to low moments when you are doing what God has laid in your heart and you are at the very centre of God’s plan and purpose for your life?
The period of insignificance is the time when your purpose has not yet blossomed in the eyes of the people around. You have not gotten to a place of recognition among your peers or the people around you. This is the time that, although you are in God’s will, you still appear as an underdog in the midst of a horse race.
From the Bible I discovered that everyone that made a mark had moments when they were not making visible or tangible marks. For example our Lord Jesus Christ never caught the attention of the people around Him until He was about thirty years of age, with the exception of one time at the age of twelve.
John the Baptist was in the wilderness until the day of his appearing to Israel. Paul was locked away in Arabia for three years. Moses was at the backside of the wilderness before he went to deliver Israel.
That said but what should be done in the days of insignificance so that the sense of purpose is not lost…….
Remember what is ahead, that is YOUR TOTAL FULFILMENT and DON’T GIVE UP. In Philippians 3:12-13, we read, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Secondly remember how much you have put into your purpose and call for supernatural help from your senior partner, The Holy Spirit. In Psalm 61:2 we read, “from the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Thirdly replay all your past victories in your mind and convince yourself that God that delivered you in the past will do it again and even better.
Begin to say it out loud. Please note you don’t conquer a thought of depression and defeat with a thought of victory. You overcome it with a confession of victory. You have to say it out loud with your mouth continually and consistently.
And lastly get back to work on your purpose with new energy and zest. Remember there is no great mountain anywhere everyone’s ignorance is their great mountain.
I see you handle the moment of insignificance well and rise above it to fulfill your God-given purpose!
For further Study
Habakkuk 2:3, Ephesians 6:13
Questions for you to reflect on
What do you do when you get discouraged?
Have you ever had moments of insignificance? How did you handle it?
Personal declaration for the day
I will never give up on my purpose.