I was the Mistress of Ceremonies for a service last night where Pastor Sheryl Brady was the speaker and her sermon was titled, "Use what you've got to get what you want." The gist of the message was an admonition to believers, instructing us to build upon and maximize what God has given to each of us, in order to fulfill our Kingdom purpose. She talked extensively about the importance of building a firm foundation and relying on the Holy Spirit to hold things together.
After the service was over, I began chewing on many of the points she touched on and one thing stuck out in my mind; that is, the importance of not discounting what we have to work with. No matter how small and insignificant it might seem, every one of us has been given something we can use to fulfill God's call on our lives.
Unfortunately, we often fail to recognize what the Lord has implanted in us, or if we do see it, we can sometimes be guilty of despising our own gifting. We disregard what we possess and write it off as inadequate and deficient. But the Lord wants you to know today, that He has placed a treasure inside of you. All you have to do is tap into it. Cultivate it. Nurture it and it will grow.
Use what you've got.
So many times, however, we convince ourselves that what we have is not enough. We say things like, "I don't have enough money; I don't have enough connections; I don't have enough knowledge; or my all-time favorite, I don't have enough experience..."
But have you forgotten that little becomes much when you place it in the Master's hand?
Right now, I want to encourage you to walk boldly in who God has called you to be. Quit focusing on what you don't have, and begin focusing on what you do have. And what do you have? You have the "greater one" living in you.
He has equipped and empowered you to do everything He's called you to do. Just as God took the rod that was already in Moses' hand, in order to work miracles that eventually led to the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian captivity (Exodus 3-4); the Father wants to use what's already in your hand too.
But it all begins with you starting where you are and trusting God to take you where you want and need to be.
As always, thanks for reading, and until next time... may you be empowered to prosper!