Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3:1)
It’s interesting to observe how God teaches us the skills, today, that we will need for tomorrow, and oftentimes without us realizing what He is doing. I’m reminded of a popular movie from the 80’s called the Karate Kid. In the movie, a young man wants to learn karate from a master of the art. But instead of getting the lessons in the manner most would expect, he was told to wax cars and paint fences in a most specific way. In time he grew tired of the work, seeing it only as laborious and meaningless chores. However, his teacher revealed to him that these so-called “chores” were rehearsals for what would come next.
In order that Moses might become the shepherd God had determined him to be — to shepherd His people — he first had to learn to shepherd literal sheep. It is my understanding that this isn’t as easy as one might think, and so, to gain the needed experience required an investment of time and endurance. Furthermore, in order to be worthy of leading all of Israel, Moses had learn what it is to be faithful in small things — seemingly trivial and unimportant things.
This same principle applies to our lives, as well. Before we will be given responsibility for big things, we must demonstrate that we are committed to being faithful in smaller things. There have been those who have tried to bypass this part of the process only to find themselves in over their head. So if we are truly willing to follow the Messiah in all things, we must be willing to serve Him in ways that will never bring attention to our name. There is a reward, however; to those who prove themselves faithful in small matters, Messiah will say:
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 24:21)
Blessings and Shalom,