Do What You Are Able

A few of my more recent posts have been bringing to light the truth that little things can be important. One of those reasons was simply that any glimpse of faith can be used by God to change a life. Along these lines is another lesson God’s church would do well to learn as well. There will be times when God wants more from us than just a little effort or a glimpse of faith. God has made you and me with unique gifts and abilities that He wants us to use for His glory. So while little things matter, there will be times when God wants us to do that which he has given us the ability to do.

In the Parable of the Talents (click here to read the ESV translation), Jesus tells a story of a master and three of his servants. As the master leaves for a journey, he entrusts each servant with a portion of his wealth, giving each an amount that they could manage given the master’s knowledge of what they are able to do. While the master is gone, two of the servants double what was entrusted to them while the third hides the small bit he receives. When the master returns, he praises the servants who used their abilities to increase what they were given, but is furious with the servant who did nothing to even try make a profit with the small portion he was given. He is so angry with the servant that he casts him out of his presence.

The master in this parable is none other than the Lord. God is a very good master, knowing everything about what each of his servants (we Christians) are capable of. On occasion, the Lord will give you and me a task that is suited just for what we are able to do. He expects us to use our abilities, which He himself has given to us, to serve Him just as these abilities were always intended to. When we do, we can fully expect to reap blessings from our heavenly master. When we fail to use what has been given to us to honor him, He rightfully becomes angry. We were created by the Lord with special traits that we can use to impact this world for the Kingdom. When someone who claims to be His disciple makes no effort to use those gifts, this person is revealed to have no trust in the master and no desire to see His Kingdom grow, no matter how little things may seem to us.

Whether you are the chairman of the deacons at a church of 500 people, or you are just an average Joe at a church of 10 people, God has made you with gifts that can make a Kingdom difference in this world. It is very true that little things done with the Lord’s hand become mighty events, but it is just as true that God has prepared some of us to be mighty like David, or others to be worthy of a side mention like Jabez. Whatever the task you find yourself doing, do it using all the abilities He has given you. We aren’t going to do things perfectly no matter how much we try, but what a shame it would be if we simple don’t do a thing for the Lord and our Savior who died for us?

Written by Timothy Hegerich / Edited by Caroline Hegerich

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

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