You Are Not Empty-Handed
It may be a function of low self-esteem, neglecting good self-examination or ill-conceived comparisons, but some people express that they have nothing to offer. When challenged to serve or become better engaged in the Lord’s work, the response is, if not in these exact words: “I can’t do much.”
If you are there or near that point, please let these questions find a place in your self-evaluation:
Has God given you time?
Do you have any money?
Is there a skill or talent you have?
Can you encourage someone?
Can you pray for someone?
Can you say to someone, “thank you?”
Can you give someone a ride to the doctor?
Can you take some food to someone?
Can you hold a Bible class in your home?
Can you call or email someone an invitation to services?
Can you sit with someone who needs comfort?
In the Bible there is this important concept of stewardship: using what God has graced you to have in service to Him and others. It is exhibiting the grace of God to others. You are a receiver of His grace, so you can be a transmitter of His grace. You are not empty handed.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” (1 Pet. 4:10).