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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might

Posted on November 26, 2018 at 10:10 AM

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 was my Grandmother’s favorite Bible verse.  I am beginning to see the reason why.  Since coming to live on the mission field we have been challenged by many different things.  These challenges have taught us something special.  It is not about how good we are at doing something or how well prepared we have been but simply doing whatever the Lord puts before us with all of our hearts unto Him. 


Many times we do not feel like we are enough to meet the challenges of living on the mission field.  The truth is that we are not!  In our home country there are experts or “specialists” for everything.  Here on the mission field we often wear many different hats trying to meet a wide variety of needs.


A few weeks ago I was asked to help teach music at Abraham’s Place.  Why?  Because there is no one else.  There is a whole new generation growing up in Niger that has a heart for music and worship – but there is no one to teach them.  When I was young I had several years of piano lessons.  In my twenties I picked up guitar.  I am not a musician in any sense of the word.  I know that I am not gifted in music.  On a category of musical giftedness from 1-10 I am maybe a 0.  But you know what?  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might unto the Lord. 


I prayed about it and realized that I do know enough to teach the children how to get the basics of chords in both piano and guitar.  I said “yes”.  I am now teaching a weekly music class to about 14 children.  And you know what?  The kids love it!  They are learning a lot and are even starting to play a couple of simple songs after only the first couple of lessons! 




Many times on the mission field the needs that I see everywhere overwhelm me.  The great amount of people who are still waiting to hear the Gospel, the great need for children and youth ministry, the great amount of time needed to disciple new believers and new leaders.  It is overwhelming.  But I am learning that in whatever state I am to be content.  Learning to put my hand to the plow in whatever the Lord asks me to do.  Learning to fix my eyes on Him and let His strength be manifested in my weakness.

 

That’s it.  The secret.  It is not about being strong but about being weak.  It is not about knowing what to do but knowing the One who knows everything.  It is simply being willing to say “yes” to go and put my hand to the plow without looking back.  What is the Lord asking you to put your hand to today?


“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

 

 

 

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