Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
“It is the greatest mistake of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. – DO WHAT YOU CAN!!”
Why do we get so discouraged when we think we can only do a little, so much so that we resolve to not do anything at all? I think it’s one of the strongest weapons of the enemy in rendering us all useless for God’s Kingdom. If he can get you to believe what you have is not enough to offer God, you’ve become ineffective all together – benched, by your own hand from the playing field of life!
God isn’t concerned with the AMOUNT you sacrifice but with the LEVEL of sacrifice. None of us has the same amount of talent, treasure, time… its part of God’s creative way however we are all capable of giving to the same level. Read Mark 12:41-44, The Widow’s Offering. …Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, putting in everything – all she had to live on. (vs.43-44) Are we willing to put everything we have into any task we are given no matter how big or small it may seem, whether anyone will ever know we did it or not… are we willing to give our all for an audience of One, who first sacrificed His all for us?
Aquila and Priscilla I believe did. They were forced to leave their dreams behind because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. (Acts 18:2) But I don’t think they allowed themselves to wallow in that thinking. Instead they set their minds on “seeing Him more clearly, loving Him more dearly, and following Him more nearly!” Lord, in all things may we not back down because we feel like we have not enough to give, or things didn’t turn out the way we expected. Fix our eyes on You to take Your perspective and look for how You want to be more to us in ways we would never have been able to know You before – if we had more, or our circumstances were different.
Because Aquila and Priscilla took the minds set of…. well, here we are now Lord… send us… He did! They sacrificed their agenda to make His agenda their all, no matter what that looked like. They provided companionship for Paul in Corinth and counsel for Apollos in Ephesus. Sometimes we get so caught up in wanting to do something SO big FOR God that we miss where He is ALREADY working and wants us to do something WITH Him. Whether that looks like something big or small in our opinion isn’t something I believe He is asking us. He’s not asking if we feel equipped either in fact the original Greek word for ordinary in Acts 4:13 is idios! Looks like idiots to me! Thank goodness for me He is willing to use idiots! (When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that they had been with Jesus.) He’s asking are you willing to stick with Me, to give Me you, all of your ordinary self, I’m the King and I don’t do small and insignificant, so are you willing?
If you have breath in your lungs and a heart that beats for Jesus you CAN be a witness for Him – don’t let His eyes fall on a world full of people that have believed the enemies lies and by their own hand benched themselves from life on the adventure field. The voice in your head might be your worst critic so it may sound silly but next time you find your self talk to be negative ask what side their on anyway!? We need more coaches in this world than critics don’t you think! A critic has nothing invested but a coach… a good coach will offer constructive criticism, encouragement and is ultimately in it to see you succeed! God’s the best coach in the world! He’s the source of eternal encouragement and good hope (2 Thess. 2:16-17)! – ask that His voice be the loudest in your mind as you release fear (which is only faith in the enemy) and take hold of His way, being willing to do what you can, when you can, while you can.
Independent Read: 2 Thess. 2:8, 3:3, 3:5, 3:16, Romans 8:37, John 3:16