This past Saturday evening, I got to spend time with a group of ladies who came together to worship Jesus and encourage one another. We heard stories of God’s leading and provision, sang a couple of songs, prayed for each other, and listened to a word that one of the ladies shared.
She told pieces of stories about several people in the Bible who were faithful with the seemingly insignificant things they had available, and they saw God work miracles in their lives as a result. She was sharing with us that while others may seem to have so much to offer compared to our meager offerings, we all have something to contribute, and God can do amazing things when we offer whatever we have to give. (See the stories of Moses, a widow on the verge of losing everything, and David for more details.)
The speaker shared about how easy it is to look at the people who are doing the visible, up front ministry tasks (like leading worship or speaking) and think that the ability to encourage or be a friend to someone seems pretty small in comparison with the impact those more “visible” people can make. But as she was talking, it was hitting me that those in the more visible roles of ministry often have the same feelings of insignificance.
I have had people say to me how great it is that I can play the guitar and sing and lead in worship. Some have said they wish they could write or teach or even just hear from God like I do. I sat there on Saturday night feeling like a couple of the women there were thinking I would likely gain nothing from the speaker’s encouragement because they see me as offering the more significant – or at least more visible – gifts to God and His Body.
The truth is, though, that I needed that encouragement to offer what’s in my hand. I was scheduled to lead worship at church the next morning, and I was feeling completely inadequate to the task in that moment. I’m grateful for the gifts of teaching, singing and writing that God has given me, and yet far too often, I see them as almost useless to God. I wonder how many people really read my words or whether the music and teaching really touch anyone. How could these things that might as well be a stick, a tiny measure of oil, or a few stones and a sling ever be enough to deliver a nation, save a family, or bring down a giant?
Of course, the answer is that in our own strength, they can’t be enough to make much of a difference. When offered to God, though, they can make all the difference in the world! As we allow Him to empower us to use the things He has placed in our hands, the world can change in ways we have not dared to dream!
What’s in your hand today that God might want to use for His glory?