Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

There are times we state to others what we could accomplish “if we only had” and that statement may end up with the words “a million dollars.” Seldom do we see the potential that lies at our finger tips if we only had the initiative and prudence to put them to work. God has given each of us varying skills and gifts that we can use for His honor. The problem is they involve a little work, which is something we do not get as excited about as we should. Some of the strongest, longest-lasting things in life have come from work. Work and vision, vision and work. The two go hand in hand.

Martha Berry (1866-1942) understood that principle very well. She founded The Berry School for needy children in Mt. Berry, Georgia. She was named one of the twelve outstanding women in America in 1932. She met Henry Ford and asked him for one million dollars to assist her school. He very coolly gave her a dime instead. She accepted the dime with a gracious spirit. She bought some peanuts for school boys to plant and the next year they used the entire crop to buy a bigger field. The crop bought forth such a yield from that bigger field that they were able to purchase a piano for their music students. Mrs. Berry was so excited about what had happened that she wrote Mr. Ford and told him all about what “his dime had done.” Henry Ford was so impressed that he sent her a million dollars.

Jesus told the story of the Lord and three of his servants in Luke 19:11-28. All were given amounts of money according to their gifts and work ethic. Two of the three excelled with their talents (money) they were given, while the third did nothing with his. Due to his laziness, he was harshly rebuked by his Lord, while the other two were highly commended for doubling their amount giv-en.

The principle in Scripture is clear. God will give more to you when you have proven you have earned it through time and hard work. The Bible states it this way in Luke 19:17, “And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” God will richly reward those who are faithful unto Him. 

 Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​