When You Have Nothing To Offer You Really Have Everything To Give

It was but a few years ago I made the hesitant decision to be a writer. To be an encourager through my words. And it’s been wonderful and not so wonderful, easy and difficult, satisfying and anxiety-ridden. 

I stepped in that direction because I felt God calling me there. But often I wonder, “Did I hear Him correctly?” Perhaps He meant something different.


Nothing To Offer

Because as I pour my heart into others through the words I punch onto the screen, I wonder if anyone is there to catch it. Are my ramblings relevant to anyone outside the four walls of my home? What do I have to offer to someone whose husband left her, who just buried her 2 year old, who is addicted to cocaine, who lives a life of prostitution?

Because, you see, my smile is not always bright, my people not always handled with grace, my love not always readily apparent. 

So I question my credentials, but can’t seem to quit writing. I look for an easier path, but feel compelled to continue my journey on this one. 

Why? What do I have to give? 

The truthful answer is nothing! In my brokenness, I have nothing to offer anyone.

Really, none of us do.

Everything To Give

But God does. He has everything to give. And He wants us to deliver that message to the world. 

So in a sense, we are all writers, called to “make evident or obvious” the promises of God.

In a sense, we are all writers, called to 'make evident or obvious' the promises of God. Click To Tweet

Our obedience, in whatever form of “writing” we do, delivers His message of hope. His message of unending love. His message that it’s never too late to open your heart to Him. His message that His grace is always sufficient and His plan is always for our best. 

So today, be confident in delivering the message of the Lord’s love and hope and grace and mercy.

Deliver His truth and promises boldly in whatever way you are called to “write.” 

Because you and I have nothing to offer, but God has everything to give!

You and I have nothing to offer, but God has everything to give! Click To Tweet

 Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)

Reflection: In what form of “writing” will you deliver the Lord’s message of love and salvation? 

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

10 comments on “When You Have Nothing To Offer You Really Have Everything To Give
  1. Great truth Julie. I think sometimes we get to wound up over “doing the right thing” that God has called us too. However, I think that if we have done our part of prayer, fasting, and seeking His Word then at some point we just need to go for it and climb out of the boat. God does not tell us everything. If he did, we would not need faith. If we make an honest error but move in faith, I am sure he will get us where we need to be. He has everything to give. It is in our weakness that he is able to do the greatest work for our benefit and for others. – Keep writing!

    • Julie Sunne says:

      God’s use of me in all of my messiness never ceases to amaze me, Jon. I’m so thankful I only have to be obedient to be useful. God does all the rest! We dare not think that because we are weak or unprepared or inexperienced we will not be used. Everyone needs to hear about the Life the Lord has to offer–and we are the conduit for that message!

      • Lynne McCormick says:

        So true. We step out hesitantly in creativity at first, often very aware of our weaknesses. Nevertheless, the gifts and talents God the father has given us are for sharing and by leaning on Him always,we can do that. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a joy-filled new Year ahead.Love from Edinburgh,

  2. Sarah Jo Burch says:

    Beautifully said! <3

  3. Vicki says:

    I love this! So beautifully written!

  4. Nirman Pradhan says:

    Amen. Jesus wants us to save the unsaved ones. We are the fisher of men.

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