Devotional

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58. 

Most Christians yearn to do great things for the Kingdom. We look at people like Jonathan Edwards, Dwight Moody, C.S. Lewis to name a few and wonder how we can be more like them. The reality though, is that most of us will never have our name in the same pantheon as theirs. We will get normal jobs, start families, and hopefully live our golden years near the beach. While it might not sound as glamorous, an ordinary life still offers numerous opportunities to serve Christ. It all boils down to what we are willing to do. And when.  

We wait until just the right moment to do the right thing or a “big” thing. And while we wait, we do “no” thing. We want to wait until conditions are right. When we feel brave enough, strong enough, good enough, motivated enough or knowledgable enough. We want to wait until someone gives us the opportunity. The problem is life can be passing us by as we wait. Remember that we have the ability to choose. Each and every day, you can choose to do something that honors God. Each day we get to choose whether we do something or wait for another opportunity. 

Almost fifty years ago, Joni Eareckson Tada became a paraplegic after diving into a lake and severing her spinal cord. She has not had use of her legs or arms since she was a teenager. During the darkest times of her life and seasons of great physical and emotional pain, she decided to rediscover her love of art and figure out how to once again participate in a creative experience. Joni learned how to paint by holding a paintbrush with her mouth. Many people have read her own autobiography, sharing the story of her difficult journey. A few years later, that story became a movie. Joni has used that platform to champion the cause of the physically disabled and tell people about her love for God. She did what she could do. Sometimes doing what you can opens doors that you never could have imagined.

And sometimes doing what you can do with what you have creates new paths and new perspectives. God proves over and over in the Scriptures that He loves to use people who are willing to do what they can with what they have. When Jesus and His disciples were discussing solutions for feeding five thousand hungry people, a little boy allowed the disciples to have his five fish and two loaves of bread. He was willing to use what he had, make his next meal available for God’s use, and believe that Jesus could do something with what little he had to give (John 6:8–10).

God invites you to do what you can with what you have. In order for you to experience the fullness of what He can do in and through your life, you must do your part. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” ~ Helen Keller. What does that quote mean to you?
  2. What can we do this week to start doing what we can?