What Is in Your Hand?
Updated: Mar 10
God expects us to honor Him with our bodies and resources. They are gifts from Him. They are also our gifts to Him in gratitude for Jesus’ death for us (2 Corinthians 5:15). God gives us aptitudes and abilities, both natural and spiritual. My wife can read three times faster than I can. That is a natural ability. I draw stick figures to represent people. My daughter can draw recognizable likenesses of people. That is also a natural ability. I was born with natural athletic ability. God has also given me spiritual gifts. For example, I can express spiritual truth through the written word in ways that bless others. The challenge is using our natural and spiritual abilities to further God’s kingdom.
We don’t have forever to bless others with our resources. Life is uncertain, and today could be our last opportunity. Some of us could live to 100. My mother died at 37, and my father lived until 102. We can each serve God this hour, but two hours from now isn’t guaranteed.
Let’s consider one description of what God expects based on the parable of the ten minas (Luke 19:11–27). The nobleman in the parable, who represents Jesus, gave ten minas to ten of his servants. He told them to put the money to work until he returned. He expected a return on the ten minas he entrusted to them.
Let’s apply those verses to our lives. God expects us to honor Him with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) by using our time, talents, energy, and financial resources to seek first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
God provides all we need to complete our mission. He did for Moses. “Then the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’’ A staff,’ he replied” (Exodus 4:2, NIV). God used that staff in several miracles He worked through Moses.
So, what do you hold in your hand? It probably isn’t a staff, but God has gifted you uniquely. Unwrap and use them for His glory! One day you will have to give an account of how you did that!
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