I’ve had a lot of experiences where God has encouraged me to go somewhere and speak to a stranger, and sometimes to give something to someone. It’s been fun and exciting, and nerve-wracking too, to be willing to be God’s delivery girl, to be a risk-taker that I won’t be embarrassed, but every experience has had one thing in common.
The common denominator has been to give what I have. It reminds me of some verses
Heb. 13:16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.
Luke 3:11 And he would answer and say to them, “Let the man who has two tunics share with him who has none; and let him who has food do likewise.”
Heb. 13:5 Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have
Acts 22:15 ‘For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard.
When I first began giving as a believer it was through a unique experience where God spoke to both my husband and I, though we were apart from each other at the time. When we shared with each other the same calling and same amount to support a missionary for a particular amount of time, we knew it was a “God thing.” Especially because we did not have it.
At first I found myself wishing we had what we were asked to give – extra, I mean. We didn’t – but since we did have it in our budget (for food), we gave what we had. A few days after we made the commitment God miraculously provided replacement food for the amount and time we gave, right to the last meal! We’d have never known that miracle if we’d had the ‘extra’ to give, or put it on a credit card with no money to pay the bill. Giving what we had was an awesome faith-building experience that paved the way to trust that if God could do that, He could do anything!
I’ve since learned, of course, it is not always a thing (like money, or the food or clothing mentioned in Luke 3), it is sometimes our life experiences, or the wisdom from God’s Word I read just that morning, that God wants to share.
It’s what I have that God wants to use to allow me to be the miracle to someone else. So it is a blessing to daily spend time with God and to go out expectantly, knowing God very well might ask me to share it!
What do I have today? What is in my hand? What is in my heart? What talent or gift do I have? And yes, what is in my closet and my fridge?
I try to daily be aware of what I have to share. Sometimes I don’t know until the moment when someone expresses a need, and I pray, Lord use what I have to fill that need or direct this person toward resolution. What I have in my hand often seems to be little, inadequate or insignificant, but I’ve come to realize with God’s power and direction that little thing can become a big thing.
Because like Moses experience in Exodus 4:2, where GOD said, “What’s that in your hand?” It wasn’t so much WHAT was in his hand, but that GOD could use it. Moses didn’t need to run out and find something special, but God would use what was in his hand, if Moses would let him.
God wants to use what you have today so you can be the miracle for someone else.
What will he use?
What is in your hand?