Ira Stanphill wrote a song for those tempted to boast of what they sacrificed for Jesus. He tells the proud to think of the infinite sacrifice our Lord made in leaving the throne of glory to die on a cruel cross. Then he writes for those who feel depressed because their work seems insignificant. To them he paraphrases words of Jesus to say, “If just a cup of water I place within your hands, then just a cup of water is all that I demand.” This weighty statement reflects a parable Jesus told found in Matthew CH. 25, Jesus described a rich man who gave his servants talents of money to invest while he was away. Upon his return, he applauded the man who invested five talents to earn 10. He rewarded the man who doubled the two he was given. Each was rewarded for doing his best with what he was given. Our Lord expects us to use the abilities and resources He has given us to extend his Kingdom agenda. We need not pout over what others are gifted to do, but use whatever ability we have to make a difference where we are.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More.

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