You may not have what others may consider is a lot to give or even to offer. Even the widow, who had very little to give, gave out of what she had. Even Mary gave out of her riches in the alabaster box. Even Moses gave his rod, Elijah gave his voice, and the list goes on. The focus on any of these people were not what they didn’t have, but what they did have that they could use in their hands.
Let’s look at Abraham. With the promise that he would be the father of many nations along with the years of infertility, he finally has a son. This son was his pride and joy! Could you imagine Abraham’s heart? It probably began to swell 10 times large on the day he was born. Then, God would put a wrench in “his plan.”
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
First, you and I could read this as a heartless act from God Himself. Meaning, God goes so far as to say “you only son, whom you love” indicating that Isaac was Abraham’s universe. Second, could you imagine what was going through the mind of Isaac? Here’s the neat thing, as a side note, about Isaac in this story. He knows what’s going on and obeys anyway. I am sure he doesn’t know the full extent of the plan, but I do think he had a knowing that something was about to happen. But, that’s another story for another day.
Abraham and Isaac would go up the mountain without any reservation. Upon tying up his son, Abraham had to have full reliance and trust in God. Before he could seal the deal, God would call out to him and stop him because all along, He had a plan.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12
It was here that God would provide the ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of his son. Now, you may wonder how this has to do with using what is in your hand. Here we find an example of the perfect use of this idea of using what is in your hands; Abraham offered his only son. I am not suggesting that you take your children to the altar. What I am saying is that Abraham used what he had.
Let us take it a step further, God spoke to the people of Israel about their heart towards giving to the church. in Chapter three, we find that God goes so far as to have them try Him in this.
“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my temple. Test me in the matter” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for all of it.” Malachi 3:10
Notice that God tells them to bring the entire tithe? He is proving to them that if they use what is in their hands, their needs are still met AND they meet the needs of others. This isn’t a message on tithing or giving, though it stands to be true with the statement; it is a message on using what is in your hands regardless how big or how small it is.