We can serve God where we are, wherever we are. Romans 12:6, 8 “We are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. Whoever shares with others should do it generously.” Recently, one day as my husband and I were traveling, we stopped to refuel and eat. As we were leaving the restaurant, a stranger approached us. We both were hesitant as he got closer to us. Unsure as to how we could help, I asked the man what he needed. With a hopeless look in his eyes and a lot of perspiration on his forehead, he proceeded to tell us that his father had died in Florida, and as he was returning to his home in Michigan with his wife and children, his car broke down on I-75. He further said that it would take 2-3 days for his car to be repaired, and his family was staying in a little motel with no food. He asked if we could help with some food money. We gave him some cash and wondered if his story was real. As we were refueling our car, we saw him leaving a fast food restaurant next door with two bags of food going up a hill to a nearby motel. God trusted us to obey the Bible’s words about providing food to the hungry (Matthew 25:31-46). This experience helped us remember that God gives to us so we can give to others. Later, we wondered what happened to the man and his family and felt we did not help him enough. But we discovered a need to be met, and we gave freely. Scripture tells us that when we meet others’ needs, we are doing these things for the Lord.
James 2:17 “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Who is God prompting me to help today? Even though we live in difficult times, are we willing to give what we can to help others? Help could be a monetary gift, an offering to and through my church, driving a neighbor to the doctor, or calling or sending a note to a sick person. Our willingness to help meet the needs of others and to respond in faith pleases God.
God has the power to take something that you and I would call little and turn it into something that becomes so much more. John 6:5-15 “A poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.” An idea; a kind word; a smile; a small donation; one talent; five loaves and two fishes; David’s five stones; and a quick touch of the hem of Jesus’ garment. God has a way of multiplying our small gift, our small talent, and our small efforts and turning them into things that accomplish a great deal. What if we offered to God our small gifts, talents, and work, prayed about them, and asked God to use them? If we truly believe God’s power is at work in us and through us, our little could do much. God can do more with our little than we could do with everything. Let’s resolve to make ourselves more available to God for His use in the future.
1 Corinthians 12:4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.” The Bible teaches that we all have talents and gifts. We are to share our gifts and our profits to spread God’s love. Being able to share another person’s heavy load is a gift. We can use our talents wherever we are - with people, or at home praying for them. In loving, we become more aware of God’s great love for us and for all humankind. Which of my talents can I use more fully for God’s purposes? God’s love is made visible in our acts of generosity.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to see that you always have ways to use us, no matter our circumstances. Show us how we can serve. Teach us to recognize the opportunities you bring us to serve you by serving others. Help us to always be willing to share what you give us with others. Let us be vessels for your healing love. Help us to realize that little is much when you are involved. Show us our talents so that we can help to spread your Word and love today. Give us courage to use our talents often and well. Help us to comfort others in their worries as you comfort us. We ask these and all things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.