What Do You Have?

IMG_4356Christians spend a lot of time waiting for God to give them what they already have. They just don’t see that they already have it. We, as Christians, spend a lot of time waiting for liquid assets, when in reality what God gives to us are raw resources. It is WE that are responsible to develop those raw resources and turn them into something far greater.

You see God doesn’t want slaves; He wants sons. It is a slave mindset that waits for liquid assets. “If only I had ____, then I would do _____!” This is a total slave mindset that can keep a person stalled for years. It is a waiting game that goes nowhere. It can even be spiritually disguised as a good thing: “I’m just waiting on God.”

“Waiting on God” can also be known as “doing nothing with what I have already been given.” Basically—it’s a Christian copout. A spiritual excuse.

We need to open our eyes to see that we have already been given what we need to move forward.

YOU HAVE A GARDEN.

Our resources can be likened to a garden. Each one of us has a spiritual garden for which we are accountable. Each of us has a garden from the Father than we are responsible to tend.

What is in your garden? What kind of resources are you growing? What raw resources have you been given to steward?

Your garden is unique. You have been given a unique giftset and responsibilities, so it won’t look like another person’s. But ultimately, YOU are the one responsible to tend to it. The Father has already given you everything you need for life and godliness. He has already given you innate gifts and abilities. He has already given you a destiny blueprint.

What have you done with your garden so far?

Are you still waiting for a few missing ingredients before you believe you can move forward? Do you believe you need to be a little more educated? A little more healed? A little more liked—first, BEFORE you can move forward?

Don’t wait. Start with what you have.

YOUR LIFE IS A QUEST.

Our Life’s Quest is a lot like the video game Zelda that I grew up playing in the 80’s.

Link from Zelda starts with nothing more than a quest. But he pursues the quest, and it is along the way that Link discovers more tools that he needs to be successful. He doesn’t wait to begin the journey until he has every resource that he wants. He starts the journey with what he has been given and he uses the other tools that he finds along the way. We each have such a quest to pursue.

Have a Link Mindset when it comes to pursuing your Life’s Quest and tending to your garden.

If we do NOT tend the garden that our Father has entrusted to us, then we do not bear the fruit that he has designed for us to bear. We become like the poor steward in the Parable of the Talents who hides/buries his talents in the ground out of fear. When his master comes back and has him give an account of his stewardship, he is very displeased. The poor steward’s resources are then given to another steward—one who is more faithful to pursue and nurture that which he is given. One who is willing to step out and risk.

He who is faithful with little will be given more.

He who is faithful with his current resources will be entrusted with more significant resources later on. God takes us through a progression of resources. He builds us. But if we aren’t faithful with what we have already been given, we will not be given more.

THE TIME IS NOW.

We are in a historically significant time in the world. And God actually looked at the entire timeline of history and decided to put you here for a specific reason. Why? Because He knew that your giftings, your heart, and your spirit would be most effective in the current time. In the HERE and NOW. So if you think that you don’t have what it takes for today’s world, that’s incorrect. You do.

Ephesians tells us we need to redeem the time for the days are evil.

We are often clueless about the roles that we are given to play in humanity. But history is moving forward with or without our participation. And God wants sons and daughters who move forward with what they have been given—not slaves that are still waiting for liquid assets.

So we need to embrace our gardens. We need to assess what the Father has given us. We need to repent for dismissing and minimizing what we have already been given. We need to dispose of insecurity, for it only serves pity partying. And God doesn’t participate in our pity parties. He grieves at them. If you believe you are inferior in any capacity, you will not move forward with your God-given resources and calling. This has been an enemy strategy for centuries. Don’t get stuck in it.

TAKE STOCK.

It’s important to do a spiritual assessment of what you have been given. Pray for wisdom for how to move forward with your raw resources. Start tending your garden. Nurture your vines. Be honest. Get out of any pockets of false humility. Acknowledging what the Father has given you is NOT pride. Each one of us is accountable for our talents—both literal and symbolic.

What talents do you have? What resources have you been given?

Are you an excellent networker? A kickass organizer? Have you realized that God has raised you up as a leader among your peers? Do you have an intuitive understanding for today’s youth? Are you effective in the marketplace? Do you have an ability to stand up to bullying and injustice? Do you shine in the world of fashion? What do you have?

CHANGE PERSPECTIVE.

Realize that you do not need to work in a church or a ministry to be used by God.  He will use you wherever you are. His Spirit that is within you touches people everywhere that you go, in everything that you do. God wants to bless every work of your hands.

God is removing the line between the secular and the sacred.

Everything in life is a spiritual dynamic. We need to shed old mindsets and modalities and embrace the new things that God is doing. If we stay in old mindsets, we will miss what God is doing right in front of us. He wants us to partner with Him in the new.

It’s also important to remember that the Father is the ultimate investor. He doesn’t invest His resources unwisely. So if he has given you ANY resources at all—it is on purpose. There are no flukes with God. And even if you are thinking unconsciously that you are not worthy or able to do something that God has given you to do, you are basically telling God, “You’re wrong. You picked wrong. You invested wrong.” Moses had a similar conversation with God. We all know how that one turned out.

But God doesn’t do wrong. He is fully aware of your potential. And to say, “I’m not worthy!” (I can’t help but think of Wayne’s World and Alice Cooper here lol) is actually elevating your own opinions and beliefs above what God has said. The truth is that you can do all things through Christ. And if you didn’t have the ability, he wouldn’t have given you the resources. He has every personnel file and he can distribute His resources anywhere that He sees fit.

OFFER THOSE RESOURCES BACK TO HIM.

So open up your hands to Him in surrender. Let Him show you what you have. He already knows. But it’s time for you to get on board, so that you can partner with Him in helping your garden grow.

This is an exciting time to be alive!

Steward that garden!

Grow, garden, grow!

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

“The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow” (Deuteronomy 28:12).

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10).

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23).

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

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