Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Being Faithful With What You Have

God calls us to be faithful with what we have, not with what we don’t have. I’ve heard people say, “If I only had a million dollars, here is what I would do…”  But God isn’t evaluating you according to what you might do, but what you are actually doing.  If we aren’t faithful with the little we have, then we won’t be more faithful if we had more.

Martha Berry founded a school for needy children in the early 1900s. On one occasion she asked Henry Ford for a million dollars to assist her school. Instead of donating the huge sum, he gave her a dime. She graciously accepted the dime and bought some peanuts for her schoolboys to plant.

The next season they harvested the peanuts and used the entire crop to plant a larger field. Eventually they harvested enough peanuts to buy a piano for their music students. Martha wrote a letter to Mr. Ford telling him how they had used his dime to grow enough peanuts to buy a piano. Ford was so impressed by her faithfulness with the dime that he gave her school a million dollars!

Martha died in 1942 and her faithfulness with the dime is still paying off. That small school for needy children continues to exist today, except now it’s called Berry College in Georgia. And it all started with being faithful with a dime!

Sometimes God will give us something small like a dime as a test to see how we will handle it.  If we are faithful with it, He will give us more. Jesus said, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

What do you have right now? Are you being faithful with it? Rather than complaining about what you don’t have, start being faithful what you do have and God might surprise you with a blessing that’s much greater than you could ever imagine.
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