Mar. 10 - Mike Cheek, What's in Your Hand?
This week, as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming vote for Newstart’s potential adoption merger with Highpoint Nazarene Church, we were delighted to receive a visit from Pastor Mike Cheek, Highpoint’s lead pastor.
Mike brought us a great message that many of us needed to hear, especially those of us who think we don’t have any worthwhile gifts, skills, or superpowers that can use to advance God’s kingdom. Mike reminded us of this: God isn’t as concerned with our ability as our availability.
It’s worth saying twice: God isn’t as concerned with our ability as our availability.
Acts 3:6 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
And you know the man walked! Imagine what our world would look like if everyone’s response to a request was, “Although I don’t have what you’re asking for, I’ll give you what I do have.” Know that if you use whatever you have for God, He will ensure it gets used to its fullest, beyond what you could ever expect. He says to us “If you answer my call, I’ll be in charge!”
So what do you have? A bus pass? A computer? A guitar? A hula hoop? A sandwich? If you start looking at it as God’s bus pass, God’s guitar, God’s sandwich, and you prayerfully go forth and do what you can with it to be a blessing to others, you will see miracles happen! Pretty cool, huh?
Our God is an amazing God. Now take inventory of what exactly God has given you and get out there with the attitude of Isaiah: “Here I am. Send me.” (Isaiah 3:8)