It’s a well-established fact theologically that “good deeds” won’t get you to heaven. It’s also observed that the Christian who does good deeds has a significant influence on those watching and many of these come to Christ. It’s also well established that giving something as small as a cup of cold water to a struggling person in the Name of Jesus is noticed and rewarded. Matthew 25 offers several examples.
The principle of using what God has entrusted to us to relieve suffering is alluded to in these words from a favorite song:
“If just a cup of water I place within your hand, then just a cup of water is all that I demand.”
It’s important to get over the “Someday Isle” fantasy of giving/serving in the grand style and begin doing what you can out of what you have. Not everyone can share on the scale of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, or serve with the notoriety of Franklin Graham and others.
However, we can, should, and must give our time, talent and treasure in proportion to what God has entrusted to us.
One day as Peter and John were walking to the temple in Jerusalem to pray, they came upon a beggar. The beggar asked for Alms. Peter’s reply is classic here:
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." NKJV.
Most of us do not have much silver or gold, nor do we have the power to cause a lifelong disabled man to rise and walk. The crucial part of Peter’s answer is for each of us:
“But what I do have I give you!”
Most believe that an outstanding voice for singing is a gift from God and should be developed to bless more people. Most people that I hear sing, even in large venues have a voice that is not all that much, yet modern sound equipment makes it sound like it is a wonder. Some people I have heard sing, would fail a precision audition, yet the spirit within sings through them, and many are deeply touched. They don’t have the natural and trained voice of Beverly Sills, but they do have the touch of God.
A modern would say, I don't have much, but here’s a little of what I do have.
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