As a writer and coach for other creatives, I’m often in conversations focused around art and creativity. One of my favorite books on creativity was written by Steven Pressfield. He wrote, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
This call to action is the same call to action I often find myself repeating back to other women who feel like they have something to offer to the world: give us what you’ve got.
Throughout scripture, we see threads of stories of people who came to God or Jesus with small things, subtle offerings, and He transformed them to use them for a great kingdom impact.
Sometimes, God used small material offerings like a staff that became a sign of a leader (Exodus 4:2) small stones that were used to slay a giant (1 Samuel 17:40) or a little flour and oil that provided abundance (1 Kings 17:12). A small offering given to God can be transformed and multiplied.
This is true for us today. It doesn’t just apply to physical things but also to the gifts and talents God has given us. Maybe you relate to the creative work I’ve mentioned before. If you have a creative gift to offer the world, share it and put God’s beauty and glory on display.
Maybe, your gift falls into another category. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
Your gift comes from God and is given by His Spirit not just for you but for your community. I need it. We need it. So bring your offering, your last bit of oil or your small piece of encouragement. Bring your gift for music or your investment to your local church. God will multiply it.
Your gift comes from God who is the giver of all good gifts. We all have something to contribute. Even if we view what we have to contribute as small, you never know what God plans to do with your staff, your handful of stones, or your little bit of flour and oil.
Our responsibility isn’t the outcome, God can handle that. Our responsibility is simply obediently providing the offering in response to His love for us. Jesus, the perfect offering, already gave more than enough in providing us eternal life. Offering what we have to our communities is simply out of overflow of our love for Him. Bring your contribution and watch God bring transformation to your family, community, church, and the world.
About the Author:
Molly Wilcox is a blogger, author, and coach. She has been featured on Bible Gateway, Darling Magazine, Grit & Virtue, and Way Media. She is a certified Hope*Writers coach who empowers faithful creatives to chase after their God-given dreams. Molly’s first book releases in 2022. She lives with her husband and mini goldendoodle in Franklin, TN.
Connect with Molly:
@MrsMollyWilcox (Pinterest, Ig)
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