Putting Them to Work
Last night God answered another significant prayer as I was seriously seeking His direction. God is glad to do that if we are willing to obey no matter how it turns out.
I have been one to build a ship but fail to launch it. Always preparing, but not putting out the effort and risk to actually fulfill the dream. http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/seize-the-moment!1 this article by Rick Warren was very inspiring!
Oh, the preparation! I have gathered a mass of books, study materials, music in print, CD, cassette tape, instruments all for the “ministry that God must have in store for me someday.” Decades ago, during a move from one house to another, my oldest son remarked wryly “Dad, I think you like books!” looking at the pick-up truck full of boxes of books and recordings.
I remember showing my collection of commentaries and pastoral conglomeration to a young protege’. “If I had known that I wasn’t going to be preaching to large crowds on a paid church staff, I could have saved at least $10,000 in books,” I told him.
I can part with the books much easier than the guitars. I have many books in digital format now that don’t require a lot of shelf-space, dusting, or tidying up. But the guitars and amplifiers have required a separate room in our house.
A while back, I realized that God wanted what He had given me to be put to work. My guitar and book collection is much trimmer now and others are grateful, especially my wife.
Matthew 25:27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
*Update: Since this time, I have been donating guitars in a raffle-testimony fashion. We set up a booth at a public event (if they allow us) and offer tickets on the guitar. To get a ticket, people listen to a 3 minute testimony. After the testimony, we draw a ticket and give the guitar to the winner!!!
We have seen responses to the Gospel EVERY time we’ve done this.
My guitars have been put to work for the Kingdom!