|Don’t Take It With You
By Greg Sanders
There was a car commercial out a while ago that showed someone being buried in his car. A lot of people were standing around the grave mourning over their loss when one person speaks up and says, “I loved that car.” I have heard the phrase, “You can’t take it with you when you go.” my whole life but apparently some people try. The context of such sayings serves to motivate you to make the most of the opportunities you have in life. There was a great man in the Bible whose name was Elisha. God had promised him that he would receive a double portion of God’s power than his predecessor Elijah. Elisha did many mighty things for God, but it seems from scripture that he died with one more miracle left in Him.
2 Kings 13: 20 Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
I want to challenge you today to not die with another miracle left in you. Don’t take it with you. Don’t take your anointing, your love, or your words of encouragement with you to your grave. Exhaust every one of your gifts right now. Jesus said in John 9:4, “While it is daytime, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (BSB)
How can I impart what God has put in me?
1. Meet the needs that God puts in your path. Occasionally God may direct you to go on some sort of search and rescue mission to help someone or speak to someone. However, I have discovered that more times than not our lives are littered with opportunities to make a difference. You don’t have to necessarily go out looking for a need to meet; you just need to recognize the ones presently around you.
2. Invest in people. John Maxwell said years ago, “Success without a successor is failure.” There is a lot of emphasis put on holding tight to ones faith. That is very important in the world in which we live However, I want to challenge you to not hold your faith so tightly that it does not get shared with someone else. The best way to strengthen your faith is by sharing it with someone else. Don’t take your story with you. Share it.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t take God’s blessings, God’s promise, and God’s story of grace with you when you go. Do your best to share it, show it, and invest it in those who God puts along your path. Pray today that God will show you the opportunities today to share what He has put in you.