Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
We are all stewards of the gifts God gives us and we should use them while we can. We all have certain special gifts and talents, they vary from person to person but most of us know exactly what it is that God wants us to do.
The word whatever in the verse above means ability. We all have an ability. As stated earlier they vary from person to person but they all stem from three basic groups of people. The ability of “Thinkers”, The ability of “The Hands”, and The ability of “The Heart”
Thank God for thinkers. Without them where would we be? Thinkers are the reason we have a Bible to read. Thinkers are people who love to study, learn, and just ponder random thoughts. We all can agree that God visits us sometimes in the most random of thoughts. That may be a strange statement to make but it’s true all the same. Where would we be without thinkers. Just sit and think about that for a moment. No pun intended.
Next I want to thank God for the ability of the Hands. I can sing, I can analyze a few scriptures, and I can verbalize on paper fairly well. But when it comes to working with hands…..well let’s just say it’s not pretty. I thank God for those people who have the ability to work with their hands. I know people who can fix anything. They love to work. They can take a whole car apart and put it back together again in no time flat. I can’t even change the oil in my car. I bought an entertainment center a few months back and convinced myself that I could do what “minimal amount of assembly” was required. I have four doors that were supposed to go on it and three drawers. I got one door on and broke all three drawers trying to just put them together. My little brother came by and put the thing together and fixed the drawers that I had broken. He has “the ability of the hands”. Thank God for those that have this type of gift.
And third, the ability of the heart. I have a friend that has the most tender and sensitive heart of anyone I have ever met. These special people have the ability to read a person and see the hurt that is underneath the smile. That spiritual perception that most people don’t even know exist. I have a little bit of this but nothing like some of the people I know. The ability of the heart is most rare.
The words “whatever your hands find to do” mean opportunity. We know we all have abilities, now we see we must use them every time we have the opportunity. I’ve found that most people love to do the things that comes naturally to them. I love to sing. My brother loves to fix things. Missionaries, love to help people. and take the Gospel to the world. We must keep watch and listen for every opportunity God may send someone by our way. We must do it with every fiber of our being and do it to the best of our ability. I know people who have gifts and they just waist them. I heard a story one time from Kyla Rowland about her grandmother Jennie Mae. Jennie Mae was a very shy person. She could sing higher than a sparrow on a barn roof but because she was so shy she would never sing in church. Her husband would tell her time and time again that she was wasting something special that God had given her but she just couldn’t overcome her shyness. As she got older dementia set in. When she would sit in church services the Holy Spirit would come by and impress her to sing a song. As her mind was touched by this illness God was using her to minister to His people. She would sing whenever the Spirit would tell her to. It could be when the preacher was preaching, when the choir was singing, or even during the offering. In the end God still got the glory out of her gift. But so many years were lost and the people she may have touched missed their blessing. Sometimes using our gift requires us to get out of our comfort zone. Still, even in these times we must serve God with everything we have, because the day is quickly approaching when it will be too late.
Unless Jesus returns to take us home, death is something sure. We will face it. We must work for the Lord while we can. If you were to die today would there be an empty spot in your church that people would want to fill because of the influence you had made in their lives. Will people miss you or will there just be another empty pew that never gets filled. I want people to miss me. I want someone to want to take up right where I left off and continue to work for God with everything they have.
Some people use their gifts for personal gain and to me that is so sad. There is nothing wrong with making money or being wealthy. God needs people with money to further His kingdom but when we lose focus of who gave us these gifts and use them only for personal gain, I, believe you will never be happy. And no matter how rich you are you cannot buy your way into heaven. Last week I wrote a song, the first verse goes like this. “So many today waste their lives, just living for themselves, they spend their time filling their pockets trying to find great wealth. They boast of their fame and all they have, claiming they need no mans help, still they are to poor to buy from Him what He is too rich to sell”. It is so important to not lose sight of who gave us the talents to make this money.
May we always use the gifts God gave us to it’s fullest potential and not get caught up in all the stuff this world has to offer. It won’t be long until our doing will soon be done.