Ten old men decided to celebrate the New Year with a big crock of hot sake wine. Since none of them could provide for all, they each agreed to bring one jug of wine for the large heating bowl. On the way to his wine cellar, each old man thought, "My wine is too valuable to share! No one will know. It'll never show. It'll still be fine. I'll bring a jug of water instead of the wine."
And so when they gathered with the jugs they brought, all ten old men poured the contents of their jugs ceremoniously into the big bowl and then looked sheepishly at one another as they heated and poured hot water for all.
How often we also have the perception that of those ten old men in context to our Christian commandments and ministry. Even though God has blessed us exceedingly abundantly we fail to cheerfully bring offerings in the house of the Lord; We always perceive that what difference it shall make even if I make offerings or not for others are going to do it anyway! The same happens in the ministry of the Lord , we easily perceive that who cares whether I participate in God’s work or not! “I and who” are the biggest barriers in the Christian life that not only thwarts individual Christian growth, development and nurture but it also overall affects the functioning and productivity of the body of Christ.
Just pause for a minute and think that what might would have happen if Phillip the disciple of Christ resisted or denied to go to the Ethiopian Eunuch and make him understand God’s word then the Eunuch might not have been born again and the Gospel might not have reached the continent of Africa but because of Philip’s obedience in God’s calling and His work not only Eunuch was saved but the Great Commission of Christ to spread the Gospel and make disciples was also accomplished.
Beloved what’s that the Lord has blessed you with? Has God blessed you with Finance, good administration and communication skill, playing instruments, helping others, preaching the Word of God, counseling, praying for others etc. then don’t waste the talent and the time that the Lord has given to you, surrender yourselves in the hands of the Lord and ask God to use you for His Glory and His Kingdom according to His will, plan and purposes and then shall you we be the one whom the Lord calls the “Faithful Servant”.
May the God of all grace and mercy help each and every one of us to be obedient in the work of His Holy Kingdom and make us more humble, low and meek to abide in His will, plans and purposes and always be ready to be used by our Heavenly Father to the glory of His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Remember friends Bible in Colossians 3:23 declares, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
L.S.P.M thanks and gives all the glory, honour and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for helping us to write down this article. We pray to God that through this article many shall be encouraged and will become zealous to do the work of the Lord Almighty.