Using What God Has Given Us

When school starts, those of us with school-age kids usually have to purchase fairly expensive
items. Textbooks. Calculators. Electronics. Musical instruments. All of these are things we
suddenly have in our house, cost a lot of money, and would never purchase otherwise. Also, we
barely know how to use these things ourselves, so what is the natural thing to do?  

We give them to our children to manage! But we always tell them, “Now this is expensive, so be
careful with it!” Does that ever work? Usually not! By Labor Day, books are lost and instruments
are left on the bus. And we say, “Why don’t they take better care of this stuff?” It’s because they
spent nothing on them -- they are just taking care of them for the year (we hope).

It’s very similar with us and with what God has given us. God has given us time, talent, skills,
physical abilities, and financial resources. And we make decisions about how to use them. Do we use them for ourselves? For others? For God’s kingdom?

Jesus says in Luke 12:42-44: “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master
puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

Queen Esther is a great example of someone who managed well what she was given. She had a
great position of influence and was able to save the Jews by speaking up to the king. Her
relative, Mordecai, even highlighted her position of influence. Mordecai told her, “Who knows
but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
(Esther 4:14)

Currently, we can find plenty of reasons (or excuses) to sit on the sidelines and not use the gifts
God has given us. During these challenging days, we tend to focus on what we CAN’T do – and
there are lots of things that fit in that category. But there are plenty of things that we CAN do.
Let’s be creative and focus on what we CAN do and use our resources wisely and generously
–especially in a pandemic.

By Jason Grace

Jason has been a member of Immanuel for 18 years. He serves in many areas, including the
Deacons, iKids, and Financial Peace University. He has been married for 18 years and has two
kids. He is a software engineering manager.






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