James knew he was blessed when he finally got a job offer in his field of study. Feeling that God had called him to his position; he loved everything from the people to the cafeteria food. But there was a certain task that was a thorn in his side. Whenever faced with having to complete it, he became frustrated and would rush to get it done. After three years at his job, Jim was ready to move his way up the corporate ladder, and expected to have already been promoted. But, after applying for other positions and keeping his supervisor in the loop about his desires, he still hadn't made any progress.
Despite all the things James did right on his job, and regardless of the fact that he liked where he worked, he hindered his own promotion just by not being faithful to his position in certain areas. Something as simple as performing one task in a rush, and not to the best of his ability, demonstrated his lack of faithfulness in that particular area. While he was indeed called to his place of employment for that specific time, he had continued to demonstrate a lack of faithfulness in certain areas of his job.
Proverbs 28:20 declares, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” A faithful man abounds with blessings, including promotion. Faithfulness is defined as being trustworthy, dependable and loyal. Each of these characteristics is what God will expect of you no matter where He sends you. If you work as a high–powered executive, or as a maintenance man, God still expects you to do your job in excellence.
In addition to making sure you do your job well, don't let the wrong things move you away from your calling. A paycheck should not determine whether or not you're going to do what God told you to do. Neither should a difficult boss or coworker. Understand that with your simple obedience and faithfulness to do what God told you to do, He will take care of you. If you are where you are supposed to be, show yourself faithful for that season, no matter how long it lasts, and you will be rewarded.
Faithfulness is the key to your promotion. You're not going to have any increase until you can learn to be faithful with what God's given you already. The Bible declares in Psalm 75:6, 7, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Don't you know that if you're faithful on your job, even to the point of being more faithful than the guy who's running the company, God will promote you? He honors faithfulness.
Faithfulness even goes beyond your job; you can begin to cultivate it in your relationships and in many other areas. Find out from God's Word how to be a faithful husband or wife. If you are a student, be faithful and diligent in your studies. Be faithful with the gifts and talents God has placed in you, using them to God's glory. Be faithful to the commitments you make to other people through your words. There are so many opportunities for promotion in life when you consider all the ways in which you can demonstrate faithfulness.
Faithfulness is the only way you're going to graduate to the next level in any area of your life! When you prove yourself faithful in one area, then God opens the door for you in others. If you're stuck in a rut, show Him you'll be faithful with what you have already. He will make a way. Do what God tells you to do so you can hear Him say, “My good and faithful servant, well done. You've been faithful over the few, now I'm going to make you ruler over many!”
God wants only the very best for you and He wants to see you succeed! He’s standing by to give you the promotion that you’ve worked hard for.