Do What You Can!

11 02 2019

small gift bag 

I was standing with my friends around me.  They had gathered to pray for me and my family as we were to depart for a trip to do some mission work in a foreign country.  I was excited but also a little fearful.

A friend handed me a small gift bag and said take it with you to enjoy.  Then I was given a hug. When I looked in it later it was packed full of the things I so enjoy: colorful book marks, refrigerator magnets with cute sayings, pretty pen, etc.  I was so happy and blessed. I felt so loved and cared for.

We don’t need to do big things to be a blessing in the Kingdom of God.  Small things matter so much! We must do what we can as we trust God to lead us to make a difference in other people’s lives. We might not be a born leader, a rich benefactor, a skilled musician, etc.  But we can do what we can to meet the need of someone.

See what a widow did for Elijah.  She did what she could and God blessed her.

1 Kings 17:7-16 The Message (MSG)

violet cooking rice

 

Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought. Then God spoke to him (Elijah)

:“Get up and go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I’ve instructed a woman who lives there, a widow, to feed you.”

So he got up and went to Zarephath. As he came to the entrance of the village he met a woman, a widow, gathering firewood. He asked her, “Please, would you bring me a little water in a jug? I need a drink.” As she went to get it, he called out, “And while you’re at it, would you bring me something to eat?”

 She said, “I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don’t have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.”

Elijah said to her, “Don’t worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what you’ve said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from what’s left for you and your son. This is the word of the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before God sends rain on the land and ends this drought.’”

And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as he said—daily food for her and her family. The jar of meal didn’t run out and the bottle of oil didn’t become empty: God’s promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it!

We don’t all need to be amazing to make a difference because the cumulative effect of a lot of us doing what we can adds up!

I need to remind myself of this!

 

 

 





What can I do?

6 02 2019

KEVIN 001 (39)

Elisha Provides Olive Oil for a Widow

          The wife of a man from the group of the prophets cried out to Elisha. She said, “My husband is dead. You know how much respect he had for the Lord. But he owed money to someone. And now that person is coming to take my two boys away. They will become his slaves.”

          Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me. What do you have in your house?”

“I don’t have anything there at all,” she said. “All I have is a small jar of olive oil.”

        Elisha said, “Go around to all your neighbors. Ask them for empty jars. Get as many as you can. Then go inside your house. Shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars. As each jar is filled, put it over to one side.”

       The woman left him. Then she shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her. And she kept pouring.   When all the jars were full, she spoke to one of her sons. She said, “Bring me another jar.” But he replied, “There aren’t any more left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

         She went and told the man of God about it. He said, “Go and sell the oil. Pay what you owe. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

2 Kings 4:1-7 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Clay pots are interesting. I saw many of them in Sri Lanka. Vendors would sell them along the side of the major roads. They are still used in some places, but more for ornamental pieces.

Frequently when we look around at the world needing the knowledge of God’s love, we think we can’t do anything about it. Maybe we think it is for the ministers, missionaries, Bible teachers, and others who are trained to do the work. Because we are not of that group of people we think we can’t do much of anything. And if we don’t have much money to donate to those who are trained we think we can’t do anything.
But I think that the call from Jesus to reach the world with the message of God’s love and the story of Jesus comes to all of us. None of us are exempt.
I would ask you to read the above story and ask God to show you what you can do. He will show you! It might seem insignificant or small or unnoticed, but He can use you to be involved in spreading the message of His love.
I started praying for African a few years ago. I have a map and a list of the countries. I pray for one country a day.

Praying for africa2

What can I do?





Don’t give up!

5 02 2019

I am writing today for a couple of reasons.  I want to find out if anyone is still connected to our blog.  And I want to encourage both you and myself in not becoming complacent in the task of telling God’s story around the world.  Not just complacent in activity but in attitude.  Sometimes we are weary and lose heart.  I know I do get that way at times.  And I start thinking that the task is too great for many reasons.   I think it is better to just “hole up” in a safe and comfortable attitude or mental state.  But you and I must shake this off and continue pursuing Christ’s directive He gave before he left the earth.  So we must encourage one another to press on.  “Let us not become weary in doing good, …” Galatians 6:9.  So let us encourage one another.