“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given and they will have an abundance, but to those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away”– Matt 25:29 NLT
Do you remember those movies where the government agency tries to prevent a device from falling into the wrong hands? In the right hands, the device is useful to mankind, however, in the wrong hands it can be disastrous. Everything depends on who possesses it.
The disciple Peter had a boat, an ordinary tool used by an ordinary fisherman. Jesus stepped in the boat and it became His podium to preach the Kingdom of God to a lost world. After that encounter with the Master, Peter’s life was never the same. (Luke 5:3-4)
God asked Moses what he had in his hand. Only an ordinary shepherd’s staff.
However, when he agreed to become shepherd to God’s people, Moses’ life took another turn and the staff became a conduit for the Spirit of God to work wonders resulting in the redemption of God’s people.
What do you have in your hand?
Before you answer, think about the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7. When asked by the prophet, “what do you have in your house, her response was, “nothing, except a little oil”. The man of God told her what to do with the little. She demonstrated faith, and obedience and was blessed.
All of God’s children are recipients of both spiritual and natural gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12:11). Our gifts are designed to help us accomplish God’s will in our lives and in the earth. We show our appreciation for them by submitting the gifts to God to be used for His glory. Our ordinary everyday things placed in God’s hands are beneficial to His kingdom.
Giving five minutes of our time, encouraging someone, listening to someone’s story, is a gift and a blessing. Amazingly, we already possess these “gifts “and God can use them. Matthew 25:40 NLT states:
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Additionally, let us not forget our ability to demonstrate faith in the face of little, as in the case of the widow woman in 2 Kings 4. God will use our spiritual gifts.
God rewards those who are faithful to give what they possess to Him and His Kingdom. Peter moved from being an ordinary fisherman to being one of the first leaders of the church. Moses went down in history, among other things, as a redeemer of God’s people.
What, however happens when we do not use what God has given to us? The scripture speaks for itself…
“For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away Matt 25:29 AMP
Today, let us submit ourselves and all we possess to God and watch Him move mightily in our lives.
Prayer: Father we thank You for the spiritual and natural gifts You gave us. Today we show our appreciation by submitting them to You to be used to bring You glory and bless others. Amen