Accepting You Are Giving To God As Much as You Are Able When Ill

“Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)

At the end of last year, our church gave out volunteer certificates to thank and recognize those who help make our church community function better. It’s been done before, but this time it was recognizing that it’s ten years since the government started National Volunteer Day in Australia.

While I did receive a certificate, I had been thinking that week about all the people in the church who do so many things, to care and help others. Like many churches, some people do a lot, and many do little, or even nothing.

I am one of the “little” ones and though I guess some people would understand that my health limitations make it hard to do things, I still feel like I don’t contribute much.

God gifts each of us differently and expects us to use those spiritual gifts to help build up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12) I know God has gifted me in certain ways, but it seems I’m not able to use those gifts in the way I once was. I see roles I would love to fill, but know that my limitations would prevent me.

It sometimes seems that I’m not able to bring as much as others can.

The above verse tells us that the Israelites were to bring gifts in proportion to how God had blessed them. While this often referred to crops, herds, or other goods, I think maybe it is also a reminder of how God may measure our service. Jesus talked about the widow’s few coins counting for so much more in God’s sight–it’s how we sacrifice, not what, or how much we do.

God doesn’t call me to do what others do. He calls me to do what He has gifted me to be able to do and He also understands my limitations. I don’t want to use that as a cop-out, but as an encouragement to give, or do, what I’m able to do. And not worry so much about what I’m not able to do.

Prayer: Father God, Thank You that You don’t measure things as we do and that the little ones are valuable in Your sight too. Help me to be obedient to You and what You call me to do. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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Do you find it hard to sit back and watch others do things you once could do? Has God asked you to different things since you became ill? Do you still feel valuable to Him?

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