What Now?Thursday, October 11, 2012
I think many of us have that same question. We celebrate the Lord's faithfulness and His gift of salvation. We welcome the changes and miracles that He performs in our lives. Praise for Him is on our lips and in our hearts and we long to somehow do more. But so often, we feel we have nothing to offer that is of any worth to God. We listen to the enemy's lies and believe that God would never use anyone like us. Though we shouldn't, we compare ourselves to others who in our minds would do a better job serving our Lord than we ever could. We mistakenly decide that because we feel we aren't talented or worthy enough to do the big, splashy things for God, we should simply give up and do nothing at all. But God has given each of us different talents and abilities. His hands have been shaping us our entire lives. Through our experiences, both negative and positive, God forms us into unique individuals whom He has designed with a specific purpose in mind. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).
And, just like the master in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), God doesn’t expect us to do more than He has gifted us to do, but He does desire us to use and develop what He has given. "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' "(Matthew 25:23).
As we humbly come before God He will use us as instruments through which others will be reached for Christ. No matter how small or insignificant we think our abilities are, God will use them for His glory if we are simply willing to put the joy of our salvation into action. If we can sing, let us sing. If we have a story to tell, let us teach. If we can encourage others, let us do so. Whatever our gift, it is no less important than another. "There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us" (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). God sees our actions. He knows our heart. Let us pray that our desire is to be the faithful servant! And now, as I mull over the words, “What now?”, I am excited! I am looking to the Lord and happily anticipating the plans He has for me. What an honor it is to serve Him!