Use What God Gives You!

I think back many years ago and see myself as a young man in church. With me are many friends.
We sing together, study, pray, and learn together. We are in the Christmas plays together, playing volleyball together, and worshipping together.
Now I look at their lives today I see many of them have deserted the Way.
I see those that came to know Jesus as Savior while I was their pastor and so many of them are gone too.
I hear the voice of those that have made promises, “We’ll be there on Sunday”, “I’ll never leave this church”, and “you can count of me” but the promises are shallow.
Why have these things happened to so many friends and acquaintances and yet I’m still reading my Bible every day, studying, praying, singing, and going to church? (I’ve retired from the volleyball)
The young shepherd boy, David, shows up in the camp of Israel and says he will fight the Philistine champion, Goliath.
So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. 1 Sam 17:38-39
What would have happened to David had he faced the giant wearing something and fighting with a weapon he was unaccustomed to?
He would have lost as he could barely walk.
So David used a weapon he knew in a fashion he was used to.
David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 1 Sam 17:49
David didn’t bite off more than he could chew despite the size of the task at hand but many of those Christians I grew up with seem to have bit off more than they could chew.
They went into Christianity with high ideas and expectations and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But they were unprepared to accomplish the task ahead of them. They were not disciplined in their walk with God.
And they could not walk because they had not tested themselves.
Walking with God is done one step at a time. One must crawl before one can walk and one must walk before one can run.
The solution is use the gifts God has given you and don’t strive to do something you’re not called to do.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil 2:12-13

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