We consider speaking articulately as a normal and expected function of humanity in our society. At times we may not even understand how precious the wonderful gift is. When we see people with speech challenges struggling to make a sensible statement, we begin to appreciate the gift of speech that God has given us. When you see a healthy man or woman fumbling in the darkness while in broad daylight because of blindness, then you will appreciate the gift of sight that the Lord has bestowed upon you. When you can stand on your two legs to walk, think deeply about the way you can use those legs in order to gloriously serve the Living God.
I have the grace of working with Brother Chris, a PhD holder who is physically challenged as blind person. This beloved man of God would call me into his office and ask me to help him count and arrange his currency notes in order of value. He would put hundred dollar bills and twenty dollar bills in separate pockets, and he did not have any problem with trusting me as he was grateful with any way I chose to assist him. I discovered that his hearing ability compensated for his lack of sight because he tends to ‘see’ more with his ear, judging by the way he displays an amazing ability to retain auditory memory and sensitivity. I’ve always wondered and asked myself, “Why did this brother trust me so much?” Maybe because he knew the word of God that says, “Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:14 (KJV). With this in mind, he believed, being a Christian like himself, that I would not do anything unrighteous against him. I asked myself, if this man can trust me hook and sinker, and accept my assistance as God gave me the grace to render it to him, why am I struggling to trust God concerning His words and commandments in the scripture?”
One of the great lessons I learned from Brother Chris was when one day, he taught me to read my Bible and draw closer to God while neither opening his mouth nor making any gesture with his hand. On this said day, I was in the office with him. A mailman came to his office with a very big and enormous parcel. I wondered, “What was Brother Chris doing with such a big box?” Still curious, I came closer only to discover that the big box contained multiple books. Then I asked him, “Which type of books are these?” He said, “They are various books of the Bible written in braille.” Then the realization hit me in the face. Quietly I walked back to my office and shut the door. I could not hold myself any longer. I was weeping when I realized the preciousness of the gift of sight that God gave me, and I realized my failure to honor God in His commandment to read his word day in day out: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (KJV). My blind Christian brother would not settle for less, he desired to be closer to God and hear Him speaking to him through his word every day. That was why he did all he could by purchasing the Bible written in braille. He did not buy audio Bible tapes or CDs because he desired to be selective of the passages he reads each day by tracing every word with his finger. I have a Bible on my cellphone, on my table in the office, and so many at home. But instead of me yielding easily in obedience as I do not have any physical challenge, I always feel reluctant to read the word of God. I rarely read the word of God. The faithfulness of my blind Christian brother influenced me to draw closer to God and spend more time studying the word of God.
Please, I humbly want to admonish you this day, do not be like me that waited for a blind man to teach me the essence and necessity of reading the word of God every day. Please consider every precious gift that God had bestowed upon you and begin to explore the way you can appreciatively use these precious gifts to glorify His holy name and bless humanity. Your mouth is a precious gifts, use it to intercede in prayer for humanity. Your hands is a precious gifts for divers of skills to be creative, use your hands in righteousness and holiness to bless humanity. Your legs is also a precious gift, put your strong legs in the shoe of Jesus Christ in evangelism to walk others in the highway of salvation. Your precious resources are wonderful, but it will no have impact upon humanity as it sits only in your bank accounts, sow your resources in investment into the lives of humanity in kindness and mercy, it shall be your glorious rewarding treasures in heaven. Peter did not have silver and gold, but he employed his gift of spiritual power to heal the lame man at the gate called Beautiful. “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.'” (Acts 3:6) I believe you have a precious unique gift from God, use it for the glory of God.
Prayer: O Lord, give me the grace to humbly use all my precious gifts of life for Your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.