Monday, December 2, 2013

What Can I Give Him?

Graphics courtesy of Little Birdie Blessings

What can I give Him?

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might.
Ecclesiastes 9:10a

Many of us are familiar with the writer of Ecclesiastes, Solomon. Solomon was the son of King David and his successor. King Solomon started his reign serving the Lord wholeheartedly, but as his name and reputation grew so did his pride causing him to slowly walk away from the Lord.

In reading Ecclesiastes, we see how Solomon had a change of heart. Now he shares the wisdom gleaned from his folly.

Let’s look closer at this verse:

Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might.
Ecclesiastes 9:10a

Whatever.  The whole, all, any or every. Whatever.
Whatever your hand finds to do, which means whatever you do, do with ALL your might.

The apostle Paul tells us in Colossians:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men;
Colossians 3:23

We do all things heartily and unto the Lord.

Let’s ask ourselves…

~Do we do all things unto Him?

~Do we do all things with all our might?

We, as Christians have a responsibility first to the Lord and second to witness before Him to others.

Recently in our ladies Bible study we read an excerpt from Edith Schaeffer’s book
“Common Sense Christian Living”

Edith writes…

“How do I regard my having run upstairs with tea, or having served breakfast in bed, or having continued for years to do this kind of thing for a diversity of people, as well as for husband and children? How do I look at it? Do I feel like a martyr? Let me tell you exactly how I see it.

First, I say silently to the Lord…: ”Thank You that there is a practical way to serve You tea (or breakfast in bed, or whatever it is I am doing for someone). There would be no other way of bringing You food, or doing some special thing for You. Thank You for making it so clear that as we do things that are truly in the realm of giving ourselves in service to others, we are really doing it for You.”

What a great excerpt, what a wonderful way to look at service!

~How do we serve the Lord?

~Is it with a right heart for a right motive?

~Do we serve wholeheartedly?

Wholeheartedly. If we really look at that word we see the word 'whole' meaning everything. So is Jesus our whole heart? Is there a bit of room in our hearts that contains some fleshly desire? Perhaps,
we have let other things take the place of our Lord.

The following song/poem is by Christina Rosetti

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him:  give my heart.

I would like us to focus on the last verse:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him:
Give my heart.

Give Him my heart. To me, that speaks volumes. Our Heavenly Father gave us His Son, Jesus gave His life for us.

Yet, what can I give Him?

My heart.


Whatever my hand finds to do, do with all my might as unto the Lord.

Ladies, I would like us all to be encouraged by His word and His faithful love to us. Let’s give Him our hearts, wholeheartedly, forever devoted to Him.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father, words cannot truly express the love and gratitude that we have for You. You have loved us unconditionally, beyond measure despite our shortcomings. Father we desire to serve You wholeheartedly, to love You wholeheartedly and to be totally devoted to You. Father, please help us to hear You when You speak to us so we can see the opportunities that You have for us to serve You. To do all things for You, in You and through You. Father, we give You our hearts. In Jesus’ precious name…Amen.


  1. Thank you so much, sweet Sharon, for this beautiful post. You have given me much to think upon. 'In The Bleak Mid Winter' is a favorite of mine and I have been trying to learn this song for a Christmas piano special at my church. Thank you for being a precious light for our Lord!

    Blessings to you, friend!

  2. Hello Stephanie!
    Thank you for visiting :)
    I am sure that your Christmas piano special will be such a blessing to the Lord and those in your fellowship. Thank you for your encouragement!

    Hugs, Sharon

  3. Sharon-I hopped over at Stephanie's suggestions, and I am so glad that I did. Sometimes I need an attitude adjustment of the tasks I repeat over and over and over. Thank you for the reminder! newest follower!

  4. Well, I would be your newest follower, but I can't find a follow link!

  5. Visiting from Stephanie's blog and enjoying the encouraging words! So thankful for His unspeakable gift..

  6. Hi there! I am coming over from Stephanie's blog. I really love that song, and the image of an earth made of iron is such a vivid one!
    I love the upbeat take on serving the Lord. Too easy to complain about running up those stairs with a mug of tea...I like the idea of being thankful instead!
    So nice to meet you today :)

  7. Susan, Mindy and Ceil,

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting! My prayer is that all who visit will be encouraged!

    I look forward to visiting you ladies :)

    Hugs, Sharon

  8. Sharon, I love your blog, the pictures! and most of all your encouraging words and sharing your faith!

    Hugs! Connie