Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones.—Luke 16:10 (GNT)
I’ve thrown a pity party for myself the past 5 months.
“My ministry was taken from me.”
“I have no outlet for using my gifts.”
“They used me, and then they burned me out.”
Sounds pretty pathetic, right? I mean, the only thing missing is the “woe is me.” Let’s get out the violin music and throw a pity party because look at what happened to ME.
Well, that was me… pathetic AND selfish… until I realized that what I needed to do was to start making God’s kingdom my priority instead of my “ministry”.
I don’t have a ministry, and even if I did, it belonged to God in the first place. He gave it to me and He can take it away too. Job had way more going on than I did, and he figured that out within the first chapter.
God really spoke to me a couple of weeks ago through some teaching from Steven Furtick in his OnePrayer message. He said that we often sit around thinking up what we could do for God “if only” we had more money, more gifts, more skills, more church support, etc.
His response was, “What do you have now? What can you give now?” We waste all our time thinking about what we could do “if only” we could do something in the future with what we don’t have and don’t consider what we can do now with what God has already given us and then allow God to do what only he can do.
So, what do I have?
I don’t know yet.
I decided to start a list of gifts that God has given me that I can offer back to His kingdom. I’ve never thought about taking inventory, so my assignment this week before posting this was to come up with 5 gifts that I could use to further God’s kingdom:
1) I can write, and I think I can write well, because I’ve been doing it professionally (and now semi-professionally) for about 10 years.
2) I have an encyclopedic knowledge of pro wrestling (larger than what is probably healthy).
3) I’m pretty creative, and at our old church I wrote 4 summers worth of VBS programs ripping off based on reality TV, pirates, superheroes, and time travel.
4) I don’t have quite the encyclopedic knowledge of comic books, video games, and sci-fi movies that others have, but it’s still a pop subculture I can associate with.
5) Well, I’m still working on that fifth one.
So, what about you? Can you think of one tangible gift that you can offer back to God today to further His kingdom? I would be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments.