Use what is in your hand now, and the Lord will increase.

 Exodus 4:2 “So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.””
Please note that in this parable that a "talent" was a sum of money probably exceeding several thousands of dollars.

Matthew 25
14  “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
 15 “And to one he gave five talents , to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.
 16 “Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
 17 “And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
 18 “But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
 19 “After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’
 21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
 22 “He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’
 23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
 27 ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
 28 ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
 30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

God gives increase, supernatural increase as we use what is in our hand at the present time.  If we do not think what we have in hand is worth anything, especially in our work for the Lord, then many attempt to manipulate their fellow brothers to receive money from them.  Often it works, but only for a season.  Because once they receive, say TEN talents from a brother, then they are addicted to manipulating their brothers rather than waiting for God to increase their one talent.

This addiction prevents them from using their one or two talents, and prevents them from ever receiving a supernatural increase from the Lord. Then they are guilty of burying their God given talent and will reap the consequences as stated in verse 30 above.

If we only reap what we sow, what do you think a manipulator will receive?

If you find yourself with a passion and desire to serve Jesus in ministry, use what is in your hand now.  If you do not have enough to travel to another town, then don't attempt to receive funds from a brother to do so.  If the Lord wants you to go, He will cause the funds to come in without your fleshly efforts.

I can tell you from my own personal experience, and from the Word of God, this works.

Some servants of the Lord do not feel that they can be of any use due to financial or cultural circumstances. They feel disqualified  for service because they do not have adequate funds.
If you are a servant of God, then God has given you at least "one talent," or something with which to work.  That is confirmed in the this Scripture passage in Matthew 25.
  If you think that what is in your hand does not qualify you to work, or that what you have may be lost if you use it, then your judgment will be very disappointing.

There are servants in economically disadvantaged nations that will not work unless they can obtain a financial gift from another brother or sister who may have more finances. 

Perhaps the Lord would rather do the giving Himself by promotion.  Maybe the Lord wants the disadvantaged brother to use what is in his hand so that the Lord may be the One who increases and not another brother.  Perhaps if a more economically advantaged brother gave too much help without hearing from the Lord, he would be blocking God's maturity and growth plan for the brother with less funds.  If the one with less funds always received from another brother, then the Lord would not be able to be His provider through the supernatural wonder of increase.


Larry Chkoreff