PopTarts, the breakfast of champions. Just put it in the toaster and in less than a minute later, you got a pastry full of delicious goodness. Did you know that they actually have directions on how to properly toast your PopTarts? As if it weren’t easy enough. Take out of the package, put in toaster, and toast. There is in fact two sets of PopTart directions. One for the toaster and one for the microwave. If the toaster isn’t fast enough for you, you can put your PopTart in the microwave on high for ten seconds. Ten seconds! Who’s schedule is so busy that they need to have breakfast ready in ten seconds? If you have reached that point, I think it might be time for you to loosen up on the busyness of life.
We live in a generation today that we have to have everything in an instant. We have instant messaging, instant coffee, instant oatmeal, instant gratification, instant access to the internet, instant email, and the list goes on. Sometimes our faith works like that. We only believe for a moment and if it doesn’t happen, we give up. Paul tells us to not grow weary in well-doing for in due season we will reap if we don’t give up (See Galatians 6:9). Now I’m not saying that God can’t move miraculously on your behalf in an instance, He can and sometimes He will, but for the most part faith is a process and not an instance.
The crowds that followed Jesus, after seeing all the miracles that He had performed, started to think that everything was going to happen in a moment’s time. Jesus, however saw this, so He started to tell them a parable about how faith most of the time is a process (See Luke 19:11-27). The parable is about a man who gives ten of his servants three months’ wages and tells them to put the money to work, do business, until he comes back. When the man returned, he called the ten servants to him to see what they had done in the process of working what they had been given. The servants that were faithful were given authority over cities, but the servant that was not faithful during the process what he had been given was taken away from him. If you are not faithful in the process, then what you have will be taken away from you. There is a process and if you can keep just as much faith in the process as in the moment, you will be rewarded. God will change your position. You will go from weakness to a position of strength. Paul said it this way “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (See 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor of the Potter’s House, said “We don’t want to hear about process because we want everything to be instantaneous. Remember, the process always comes before the promotion.” In other words, in order to get the promotion, get the reward, be given more authority, you must first be faithful through the process. James 1:2-4 informs us that there is a process, but when it is finished; we will be mature, complete and lacking nothing.
So if you are getting tired of believing, don’t quit. If you are losing hope, keep holding on. If you are about to fall, keep standing. Let your faith arise. If you could only see how close you are to the end of the process, you wouldn’t be thinking of giving up. Be like Paul, who remained faithful through the process, and was able to say at the end of his life “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (See 2 Timothy 4:7)