Use What you Have – by P.S. Rambabu

Chapter 3

Using what you have

So you know that the Lord has called you to serve Him. You know He has anointed you. But you want to know where to start in your ministry and how to see that anointing grow. You may wonder why not everyone who is indwelt by the same Holy Spirit see amazing things happening in their lives.

The points I am going to make in this chapter are so simple that you will wonder why you have been wasting your time up until now. The Bible says in Acts 10:38: … God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him.

God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power. Now let me ask you: have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit? If so, is the Holy Spirit that you received the same Holy Spirit that the Lord Jesus received?

What happened after God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power? Did He just put His feet up and sip a cool drink in an air-conditioned room from that day onwards? No! Pay close attention to what we are told Jesus did after being anointed. The answer lies in verse 38:

“He went around doing good.”

It is wonderful to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost but the important thing is what you do next! So many of us were filled with the Holy Spirit years ago, spoke in tongues, had goosebumps, clapped and danced for joy … then did nothing!
There is a Biblical principle here which is a very bitter pill to swallow. Use what you have, otherwise you will lose what you have.

Are you one of those people who have what I call “white horse syndrome”? You are waiting for Jesus to come to you in person on a white horse and tell you to go and preach the gospel. “When I see and hear that, then I Will go and preach. I’ve been waiting for 15 years, but nothing has happened yet,” you complain.

My friend, I can guarantee that if you haven’t started doing what is already written for you in the Word of God, you won’t do it even if God comes and “zaps” you personally.

If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and received the Holy Spirit a long time ago, but have done nothing about it, that’s the reason why you don’t see miracles happening in your life.

In the Bible story of the prophet Elijah, we are told that his assistant Elisha, knew the day had come for Elijah to go to heaven and so he followed him. (2 Kings 2:2-6)

Elijah said to Elisha: “Stay here; the LORD had sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said: “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you”. So they both went down to Bethel… Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; Elisha, the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” And he replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you”. So they went to Jericho… Then Elijah said to him “Stay here, the LORD has sent me to Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

The chapter goes on to tell how Elijah rolled up his cloak and struck the water of the river Jordan with it. The water parted, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. Then the Jordan closed again. Finally Elijah asked Elisha:

” Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours -otherwise not.” As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel.” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. (2 Kings 2:9-13.)

Notice that Elisha didn’t then go and sit on the bank of the Jordan wailing loudly: “Oh! You have gone and left me like an orphan! Now who’s going to part the Jordan for me? Oh God, send Gabriel! Send Michael! Send some angel and let them part the Jordan for me. I don’t have a boat. My master left me and went away without a thought as to how I was supposed to cross back over the river. Oh God, please come down and tell me what to do now!” Elisha did not have white horse syndrome. No, verse 14 tells us that Elisha took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it.

“Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

Note what Elisha did after receiving the cloak. He mediately went and used what he had received. If he had st sat down, he would never have got across. In the same way, after we have received the mantle of the Holy Spirit, we simply have to go and use what we have.

Don’t be fooled into waiting for a personal visit from God telling you what to do. Elisha parted the Jordan not because he had a direct Word from God, but because he did what he had seen his master doing.

Jesus said that if we believe in Him, we can do what e did and more than that because He was going to His ther. Jesus went away – and the Holy Ghost came. Now re received His mantle.

So you don’t need special guidance to do what you I have seen your master doing.

Read the Bible! You read about Jesus laying hands on the blind. Just do it! You see Jesus casting a demon out. Just do it! You see Jesus proclaiming the good news. Just do it!

I was brought up in an orthodox Hindu Brahmin family. I was extremely zealous for my religion and hated Christianity with all my heart. I had a long red teeka (a red mark that showed I was a religious Hindu) on my forehead. On 21 January 1983, I gave my life to Jesus. The next day I went to college. My teeka had gone. I had replaced it with a Christian badge saying “Jesus saves”. I went to college with that badge, my friends saw it and their jaws dropped. “What’s all this about, Rambabu?” they asked. “The teeka on your forehead has gone and you’re wearing a badge. What new drama have you got mixed up in now?” I told them this was no drama, but a reality. And I began to tell them about Jesus.

Before you ask me whether I read the Bible prior to sharing the gospel, let me make it clear to you that I had not touched the Bible even once till that time. I didn’t quote from the gospels. I had never read the Bible, because I had only been born again the previous night.

So what did I tell them about Jesus?

I did not know the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. I had absolutely no idea that they existed in the Bible. I had only one gospel – the gospel according to Rambabu.

If that sounds like blasphemy, I was not claiming that there was a gospel according to Rambabu in the Bible. The gospel according to Rambabu is what Jesus did in my life.

Each one of you has your own gospel.

There is a story in Mark 5:1 – 20 of a man possessed with a legion of demons. Jesus went to him and cast the demons out. The demons asked him to send them into a large herd of pigs nearby, whereupon these pigs jumped off the cliff and died. Later the people of that town came and pleaded with Jesus to go away. As Jesus was getting into the boat to leave, the man delivered from the demons came running to Jesus and begged to go with Him. Jesus did not let him, but said:

“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. (Mark 5:19 and 20.)

When was the man set free? Just then. When did he accept Christ? Just then.

Jesus never told him go to Bible college for four years and study Greek, Hebrew and Latin, and then to go and serve. Instead Jesus said, “Go and tell how much the Lord has done for you.” I am not saying that going to Bible College is wrong. In fact I myself do teach in Bible schools and colleges. But what I want to say is that – ” you don’t use that as an excuse for not sharing your faith with Others.”

This man had his own gospel, which he went about Genesis 2:15 that the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Even before the fall of man God hated laziness. You may not think you are lazy, but let us see how the scriptures define a lazy person. A lazy person is full of excuses (Proverbs 26:13) The sluggard says, "There is a Lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!" Do you make excuses? Why are you not doing anything for the Lord? "The anti-brigade are out there waiting to get me!" "I'm not trained to do anything." Why aren't you preaching the gospel? "I can't - I'm a girl!" "My legs turn to jelly if I stand up to speak to people." "I haven't read the entire Bible yet. I'll go when I've read it." "I want to preach, but my husband won't let me." "My wife is such a bad person that I can't preach because of her." "I'm married." "I'm not married." There are hundreds of plausible-sounding excuses, but do you know what God does? He looks at those people with excuses and says: "You are lazy!" You know for yourself what your favorite excuse is. But now you know what God thinks of it. A lazy person is a lover of sleep. (Proverbs 19:15) Praise God for sleep. It is a gift of God. It is a blessing. But loving sleep is a curse. Some people can sleep anywhere. They can sleep sitting down or standing up, with their eyes open or shut. We all know someone who seems to be able to sleep on the proverbial clothes-line! The Bible says in Proverbs 26:14: "As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed." Some people say they are going to get up at 5am and pray. The alarm goes off then, and you hear them give a long whine under the covers and turn over. Every one else hears it and gets woken up, except the person who set the alarm. I can't remember the last time I had six hours Unbroken sleep. There is a hunger burning inside that won't allow me to sleep. Thank God for sleep, but don't love sleep. Proverbs 24:30-34 has more to say about the sluggard: 1 went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. Why was this man's vineyard in that condition? Why was the stone wall (which symbolizes protection) in ruins? Why were there thorns and thistles in the place of fruit? Why did he become poor? Because he loved sleep (verse 33). A lazy man does not use what he has. Proverbs 26:15 says: "The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth." Imagine a hungry man having a plate of food placed before him, then picking up a piece of food and then looking around for somebody to put that food in his mouth. The very imagination of that scene seems absurd. If lie himself will not lift his hand to eat, he will stay hungry Why? Is it because he has no food to eat? No! In spite ol having everything he needed before him, he remain hungry because he will not use what he has. Do you have the name of Jesus? Do you have the Bible? Do you have the Holy Spirit? Do you have the blood of Jesus? Then I ask you: why do you not use all these? The only answer is laziness. Please don't trot out your list of excuses; if you are noi using what you have, God calls you lazy. I can honestly tell that since I was born again in 1983 and since I started serving the Lord full time in 1989, there is not one day where I have sat and done nothing. My ministry was not launched with a fanfare and saturation coverage in the media, but gradually evolved as I began to share Jesus Christ with those I met. If you are waiting for a platform, a crowd of thousands, posters, banners, television cameras - forget it! No ministry begins in a big way in one night. Jesus tells the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14 -30: "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. The man who had received the two talents went at once and put his money to work and gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.' His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you did not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.' His master replied, 'you wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when returned I would have received it back with interest. Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' " The first two servants in this story made their money work for them and proudly presented the master with a 100% profit, but the third, who did nothing with the money except bury it in the ground, was punished severely. The servant given five talents had to work to earn his extra five; the same applied to the worker with the two talents. It doesn't matter how many gifts God has blessed you with, you will have to work hard to win success with them. God wants you to use what you have so that you can earn more. ; If you are expecting ten talents to fall from heaven before you start, you will never do anything for God. Start sharing the gospel with your neighbor or laying hands on the sick. When I started doing this, I didn't see results immediately. I did not have an easy life at that time. I had troubles at home and insults from relatives. I often had no food or money but nothing stopped me. I was a soul winner from the day I was born again. When I came into the ministry, I didn't know anybody. I had only three cities that used to call me to preach. But I never sat still. I prayed: "Lord, I came into full time ministry and I don't want to sit idle. I want to put the same eight hours of work in for you as I used to do for my employer." So I started going to a boys' school. I found out when they had an hour free of lessons and at that hour I used to go there and wait for school bell to ring. When the boys came out, I used to catch hold of one boy and talk to him about Jesus then ask him to go and get another boy. In the early days of my ministry you would find me at schools and colleges talking to young boys from 10am to 5pm. I spent a lot of time with the 14-year-olds. After sharing the gospel with them, I used to go to their school every day and build them up in their faith. When exam time came, I would pray with them beforehand, then wait Outside while they sat the exams. After the exams, I would wait for them to come out, sit With them and discuss how they answered their question paper. Nobody invited me, but I knew God had called me Into ministry. So I found ways and means to serve my God! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. And sure enough, my labor in Christ among those boys was not in vain. Today one of them is an assistant pastor in my church and teaches the Word of God. Another boy grew up to be a mechanical engineer and worked as project engineer in a multinational company. Later the Lord called him to another role and he is now working with me along with his wife as the administrator of New Creation Ministries. Another boy is an engineer in Goa, and yet another is a software engineer in the USA. Another young man is also in the full time ministry serving the Lord. No, I was never idle, but kept doing something for God. He gave me a talent and I used it faithfully. And God started adding to His kingdom. After I was born again, I was burning with a hunger for the Lord. But my life was not easy. My faith led to persecution at home. 1 often had no food to eat and no money in my pocket, and I had to endure insults and abuse from my relatives. But nothing stopped me using what God had given me. If you are hanging on until you have the ten talents, you will never achieve anything for the Lord. Start by sharing the gospel with your neighbor and laying hands on the sick. I remember the first time I prayed for a sick person. I went to a village called Bandihatti to preach the gospel with my friends, and a lady came to me with stomach ache. 1 closed my eyes, laid hands on her and began praying earnestly. Suddenly I felt my hand, which was on her head, rotating round and round. I opened my eyes and was shocked to see her manifesting. Her eyes changed, her facial expression changed. Suddenly she looked like another person. Her eyes were full of rage and hate. She was a demon possessed lady! I took my hand off her and ran to hide behind my friend. I pushed my friend forward because I was absolutely terrified by the presence of a demon. That night I could not sleep with fear. I soon overcame this fear, however, and today I stand before crowds and see God opening blind eyes, unstopping deaf ears, and enabling the dumb to speak and the lame to walk. Wheelchairs stand empty and tumors disappear. My God is a living God! It was not always like that, however. Initially I told people: "Come, I will pray for you" and I laid hands upon them. I used to pray and pray, but saw no miracles of healing at that time. But I was not discouraged. I just kept using what God had given me until at last, after six years, I saw the first big miracle when a deaf boy had his ears opened right before my eyes. 1 could not sleep that night with excitement. Today this happens on hundreds of occasions. One day I was preaching at a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, and there were forty-two deaf people at the meeting. All forty-two were healed. Forty-two at one shot. In Dubai, I was praying for the sick and a man came Up and testified that he had been deaf in his left ear, but after prayer had begun to hear. I called him up because I Wanted to check. I asked him in which ear was he deaf. He ||id his left ear and turned his head showing the left side. To my amazement, I saw that he had no external ear. The skin was covered over where his ear should have been. Even the ear canal opening was covered! But he said he could hear, and when I checked I found that he could hear perfectly. In one of our crusade meetings a lady came up to testify with her 16-year-old daughter. She said that the girl had been born without eyeballs, but that during the general healing prayer I had prayed, she had laid her hands on her daughter and seen two new eyeballs created. Now her daughter could see! I could go on telling you miracle after miracle. And they happened because I had the guts to use what I had. Some people ask me: "What do I need to serve the Lord full time?" Well, there are two things you need: number one, the call of God on your life; number two -guts! Some people ask what they should do if they lay hands on a hundred people and all of them die. My answer to that is - find a hundred more and lay hands upon them! You have to understand that you are not the healer, Jesus is. Just use what He has given you. I want more and more of God. In my hunger for God, I I am a bottomless pit! Do you have five talents? Then use them. If God has given you two talents, use those and earn more. Matthew 25: 24,25 tells us: Then the man who had received the one talent came. "Master," he said, "I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you did not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you." Some people don't use what they have because they have a fear of failure. But that should not be a problem. Let God honor your failures. Step out and obey Him. The master in the parable replied: "You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest." (Matthew 25:26) That servant did not use the talent he was given because he was lazy. God puts wickedness and laziness together. If your circumstances prevent you from serving God, at least encourage others to serve the Lord. Be a person who will invest into someone's life who is doing something for God. 'I am a shrewd businessman. I love to use what He has given me and I love to invest into other lives. When my Master comes back, I will have my reward. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, God has anointed you. Get up and use what God has given you. Go to a town or village near your home, your neighbor, your college, your classmate. Pray for them. If they are not healed don't get discouraged. Keep praying until you see things happening. Go on laying hands on the sick until one day someone gets healed. I have shared with all my heart how to start the ministry. You need to put this into action. Open your heart right now before the Lord and ask Him to forgive you for not using what He gave you and for making excuses. Tell God that you want to change all that and step out in courage and boldness. God has not left anyone without any talents. It is up to you to use them. 'Dare to serve the Lord' Dare to win! From "Dare to Win" by P.S. Rambabu. All rights reserved by the author. Reproduced here by permission of the author.

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