What’s in your hand?
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”
There was a young boy who was the son of a drifter. This boy worked as a store clerk for a while, but the store failed. He bought a partnership in another store, but it failed also. He ran for legislature and lost both times. He ran for vice-president and lost. He became the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
There was another boy who was called a “slow learner.” A teacher recommended he be withdrawn from school because of his seeming inability. He tried to go to school in Switzerland, but failed the entrance exam. He was fired from three teaching jobs. At age 26 he won the Nobel Prize. He was Albert Einstein.
Here were men who suffered serious setbacks in life, major disappointments, but they perserved to do a great work in their fields. How much more important is it for a child of God to use the ability God has given them?
Yet many times the very things God has given us to use, sit idle on the sidelines. We’ve bought in to the lie that we don’t have much of anything to offer.
If you think what you have to offer is insignificant – tell that to the jawbone in Sampson’s hand.
If you think what you have is too little to share – tell that to the widow who’s oil never ran out.
If you think what you have to offer will be ridiculed – tell that to little David with a slingshot in his hand.
Homework – What’s in your hands? What talent, spiritual gifting, financial ability do you have? Find a way to serve someone else this week.