Friday, July 26, 2013

What Do You Have?

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6 

 

 I know a young man going to college in Colorado who juggles and does balloon art (Get Creative Entertainment LLC on Facebook), and a pastor’s wife in New York who sews all kinds of things and writes books.(http://www.terrigroh.com/) These people inspire me because of the way they are making use of the talents God has given them.  They and others like them are making use of the talents that God has given them.  Often what I see is quite a different story.  I see people who never make use of the talents, abilities, and resources God has given them. They keep them hidden, locked in a safe rather than put them to work so they can present the increase to God.  Instead of looking at what God has given and asking “how can I put this to work for me?” they say “I can’t do anything with this”.   In my opinion, God expects us to use every bit of the abilities, talents and resources that he has given us.  It’s not our job to understand what God will do with it.  It is only our obligation to be faithful to use what he’s given.  What if Paul had stopped writing letters because he was in prison?  Often I fall into this same trap of thinking that I have nothing God can use because I can’t see how He can possibly use my abilities; rather than looking around me and seeing opportunities.  Let’s be faithful with all that God has given us.  We certainly have no idea which plans will succeed or what lies ahead; only God knows these things. So, look around.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait.  What has God given you?  What are you going to do with it?