Bring out What You Have in Your Hands

You might be wondering ‘What does she mean by this title?’ Never mind, just look at your hands. There’s something there given you by God from your mother’s womb. You held tight to it when you were born and it is only yours.

Have you thought about babies holding their gifts tight? Even as kids, they hold tight when you try to open their hands, and keep them held close even after you have stopped.

The only job that God has opened for us is to serve Jesus, the Lord of Glory. Yet Jesus washed his followers’ feet. Do we require to do more than he did? We must remain humble. People who serve get a special gift – more is revealed to them and they can magnify Jesus more.

In the book of Isaiah, Chapter 40 verse 31 we read: ‘But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.’ I say, ‘Amen, amen!’ God will protect you from evil because you waited.

I think the story of Samuel in the Bible says it all (1 Samuel, Chapter 3). Whatever you are, God has a purpose for you. God has a job for each one of us in this marvellous world. I often think that everybody wants to be a boss for one crazy reason or the other. We try to make money by whatever means, not realising that God’s eyes are on us, watching to see how we perform.

Eli was Samuel’s mentor. God disturbed Samuel while he was sleeping and Samuel went to Eli to ask whether Eli had called him. This happened three times before Eli told him what to answer. Samuel was to say, ‘Speak Lord, for your servant hears.’

Sometimes, we hear God’s voice as a human voice and we simply ignore it. But God has a job for each of us. Often, God will disturb your sleep and your peace until you answer. God won’t give up on you. You will have the strength that you need. Sometimes God will fix your situation so that you can serve God. God says, in effect, ‘You can’t touch her/him because he/she serves me. She/he is pleasant strong and vibrant; he/she has heard the sound of my voice which others do not hear.’

On the third call, Eli gave instructions to Samuel to help Samuel hear God’s call properly. Sometimes, younger people do not acknowledge that older people can help them. God wants your attention, but it often takes community to discover this.

Believe that you can do all things in the strength of Jesus (Philippians 4:13). Bring out what you are holding in your hands – that which is your gift from God. God gave it to you for a reason. God will continue calling you, perhaps disturbing your peace, until you answer and start listening. God is not as concerned about your comfort as your service.

God’s voice may sound like a teacher. You should respond immediately, as you would to a teacher in class. You may need to turn to someone for help in understanding, as you might turn to a fellow student in class. God will call until you start using your spiritual gifts for God’s service, as a teacher would continue to encourage a student to use her or his intellectual gifts in an appropriate career.

The years are moving fast. We are aging. Pray that we will find out what God wants each one of us to do.

Fellow Christians, whether young or old, do you know why you are here? Don’t waste your precious life and end up with regrets. Get up and surrender yourself to God’s Will, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

May God bless you all!

Gladys Ikeme

(Child of God)