And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Exodus 4:2-4; 14:15, 16
Your identity, your influence and your income Ė thatís what God gave you to work with. You are called not to amass wealth for yourself and live the easy life. You were not called to be famous and to flaunt what you were given to work with. The beautiful voice you have was not so you could be famous and receive standing ovations every time you were invited to a music concert. I mean getting wealth by itself is not wrong. Being famous is not wrong. But it is what you use the wealth, the fame, the nice voice, and everything else to do that counts.
God has called you and me to a life of service. Heís called us to give, give and give some more. That was what Jesus did when He walked this earth. Each morning He wakes up, His concern was to reach out to people and help them with their difficulties. Itís a lifetime of service.
Letís break the grip of materialism over our lives by sharing our identity so that people who live with no principles whatsoever might emulate what they see in us. Your influence will go a long way to influencing others to a better life. Your income was not meant to be spent on luxuries alone. How about the homeless person, the unclothed, and those who go to bed this night on empty stomachs? How about the widow struggling to raise kids alone? How about that son who needs a surrogate father to teach him to walk, talk and behave like a man? How about the daughter who needs to learn about the kind of man she needs to let in her life?
You were not called to save the world all by yourself. But just like architects, builders, masons, and carpenters come together each contributing his or her quota with the sole aim of putting the design on paper on the ground that is how we are called to function. The one or two people you touch with your identity, influence and income will go a long way to making the big picture a complete picture.
So what is it youíve got? What is it you can do well? Whatís that in your hands? Is it a hammer, a wheel barrow, a stethoscope, a gun, a hoe, a brush, a basketball, a computer, a chalk, a syringe, a pen? You name them. If you lay it down, God will make it come alive and use it to fulfill the purpose He specifically placed you here on earth to accomplish, just like He did with Moses and his staff.
This Christmas season; choose to be a blessing to someone. Put a smile on the faces of a family in need. Remember, it is what you have in your hands that God will use to bless others. Mosesí rod didnít just part the red sea; it was also the instrument God used to show His supremacy over Pharaoh and Egypt and grant the Israelites victory when in battle with their enemies. Remember that little boyís fish and bread? Thatís all he has. Thatís all heís got in his hand. And thatís sufficient for what Jesus need for a miracle. Let the Master use what you have to let the miracle happen.