Stretch your faith this year!
By Julie Hasling
What’s in your hand?
When the Lord posed the question to Moses in Exodus 4:2, “What is that in your hand?” He wasn’t asking because He didn’t know! The Lord asked that question because He wanted Moses to know! Moses replied, “A staff.” To Moses, it may have appeared to be a common walking stick but to the Lord that staff would be used to perform many miraculous signs, and even divide the Red Sea! The word “staff” in the Hebrew means: to stretch out, extend, and influence. When Moses stretched out his staff, it certainly influenced every soul in its presence!
Like Moses, the Lord has put something in your hand that He wants you to use for His purposes. So, “What’s in your hand?” Is it a knitting needle, a pen, or paint brush? Is it a spatula or mixer? Perhaps it’s a ladder and a toolbox? Or maybe it’s a musical instrument or just a listening ear! Whatever you enjoy doing can be used to bring aid to those in your community. Even your weaknesses and pain can be used in a beautiful way to encourage others going through the same suffering you went through! You hold the key to your future and the welfare of others and the possibilities are endless! Even if your skill is in its infancy, the Lord can do great things with it when you commit it to Him and sow it in faith.
What’s in your heart?
The Lord is not interested in what’s in your wallet but what’s in your heart! If you will commit your heart to the Lord and use your gifts for the benefit of others, He will provide everything else you need to accomplish the task! Isn’t that what Psalm 37:4-5 states, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” (NLT)
I think the phrase, “you can’t steer a ship that isn’t moving,” is true in life. God directs us as we move forward in faith. If we want to see our desires materialize then we must allow it to travel from our heart to our feet. Do some research on the subject and speak with others who share the same interests as you do. If you’ll reach out in faith, the Lord will reach back and guide you! And when you encounter a closed door, you must not take it personal! Even the Apostle Paul faced closed cities because it wasn’t the right time to go there. (Acts 16:6) Wait upon the Lord and be patient. The Lord will always redirect you into the opportunity He has for you because He wants you to succeed in your endeavors!
What’s in your head?
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) A few years ago, I was inspired by a video clip to knit hats and scarves for the homeless. The clip showed handmade scarves tied around icy light posts and placed on snow covered benches. An anonymous note attached read, “Take it if you need it.”
Having crocheted for years, it was the thoughtful inspiration I needed to get started in helping the needy in Lafayette. I invited a few ladies to join me and they invited a few ladies. Fast forward 3 years and our group, Project: Knitted Together generated and delivered over 1,000 handmade items to 15 charities this year!
So, don’t just stay busy this year—let the Lord make the work of your hands last for eternity! Extend and use your gifts for the benefit of others in 2021! If you are interested in donating to or joining Project: Knitted Together, we would love to have you! You can contact me by email at Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org!
Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries, a 501(c)3 charitable organization (lifewithfather.org and email@example.com) that ministers the gospel through social media, books and in prisons.