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Author: Andrea Marcilio

“Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” I Thessalonians 2:11-13

There lived a king who was very kind. He treated his kingdom and servants with much care. One of the servant’s job was to go everyday to the stream nearby and fetch some water to bring back to the palace. The servant was given two buckets to do the job. However, with time, one of the buckets got a small crack on the bottom.

The servant didn’t think much of it. By the time he would come back with the water, one bucket was full and the one with the crack was only half full. Upset, the servant went to the king and apologized for not being able to deliver two buckets full of water. The king, a very compassionate man, told the servant to observe the path when he walked back from the stream.

For the first time, the servant noticed that only one side of the path was lined up with beautiful flowers that adorned the way for those going to the palace. The king told the servant that he knew one of the buckets had a crack, therefore he planted seeds along the path because he knew the leak would water the seeds and turn them into beautiful flowers.

Many times we feel like that servant. We feel like the tools given to us or just simply who we are, are nothing more than flaws. That the cracks we have in our lives only hinder us from doing something for the kingdom. But the King finds these cracks worthy and uses them for something else, for something beautiful.

The Bible says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

If you are truly seeking God in the first place, and you have made His kingdom a priority in your life, He will bless you. The servant faithfully kept doing his job and put the kingdom first, and the king used him for a purpose beyond what he could imagine.

So even though at times you may feel like you aren’t doing anything for the Kingdom of God or you are trying so hard to do a job well done but it seems like you can only do it halfway, stop and take a look around. The Lord may have used you for something beyond what you could imagine. Just make yourself available to be used by God and He will use you.