Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied. (Exodus)
As Todd Coontz likes to share, God works with what is in our life, something that is in our control, perhaps even in your hand. For Moses he used his staff to direct miracles before Pharaoh. For the widow Elisha met it was a vessel of oil. For a young boy in a large crowd it was a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. For a small shepherd facing a giant in battle it was a sling and a stone.
What we offer for service becomes a tool for the divine flow of God. It might be time, it might be a skill, it might be a listening ear, it might be finances, but whatever it is God can take it and use it if we make if available for him to multiple the work of his Kingdom.
Smith Wigglesworth used to say, “You can shout as loud as you want; God won’t hear. Show Him your faith and you will get His attention with all of heaven.” Moses exercised his faith when he took his staff and laid it before the ruler of Egypt and it became a serpent. The widow entrusted her last remaining supplies to the prophet and her oil didn’t run out. The child gave his lunch to Jesus and it became a feast for thousands of people. You can learn more about the Gospels at the Church in Cleveland.
Anything in our life can become a tool for God’s use; anything we have to offer can be a seed that he can multiply. It simply takes focusing what we have on how it can become useful for use in the Kingdom not built with human hands.
Thomas Edison was once asked the secret to his success, to which he replied, “It’s quite simple. Others think about many things all day long, but I think about only one thing all day long.” It was his ability to concentrate on a single task, a greater purpose, which led to so many incredible inventions. His attention was never taken away from what he could produce that would multiply his efforts.
Divided focus and distractions drain energy. But when we place our attention on what we can offer God for a season, a harvest born of faith will be produced. Anything can become a tool for divine favor; we simply have to notice what is in our hand.