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by Seph Romana
What is leverage? No, it isn’t the hit T.V. show that resembles the A-Team. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leverage as:
“The increase in force gained by using a lever.”
Further, a lever is defined by the same dictionary as:
“A strong bar that is used to lift and move something heavy.”
The best and simplest example of a lever would be a very familiar playground fixture: the seesaw. The whole thing where seats are positioned on both ends is the lever, a strong bar. Most children aren’t strong enough to lift other kids high above the ground but with the seesaw, they are able to. As form of lever, the seesaw manages to increase the limited strength and weight of children, allowing them to lift other kids high off the ground.
For us adults, a more relevant example would be a hydraulic jack. Can you imagine how a single person can lift a rusty and dilapidated water delivery truck high enough off the ground to change a flat tire without a hydraulic jack? As a lever, the jack is able to magnify the limited strength of the driver or whoever it is trying to change the tires of such a truck, allowing him (or her?) to lift the truck and replace the tires.
That’s what levers are for: to increase force and enable its user to do more given their limited strength.
LEVERAGE: GOD’S BUSINESS
God is, among others, the God of leverage. He is able to significantly magnify our limited resources or their effects to the point where what is impossible becomes possible. The Bible is filled with so many such stories including the following to name a few.
Abraham – The earthly father of our faith, God leveraged whatever was left of his body that Abraham himself already counted as good as dead as well as that of his wife Sarah’s to bear a child at such an old age from which the nation of Israel came from.
Moses – Notwithstanding the fictional version played by Christian Bale in the movie Exodus, God leveraged Moses’ very poor communications skills – he was a stutterer – and used him to do mighty works to liberate the Israelites from slavery.
David – You know the story right? Honesto goes up against Greg Slaughter in a duel where Honesto comes out victorious. God leveraged David’s slingshot and rock to knock down the giant Goliath out cold…dead cold!
BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF HOW GOD LEVERAGES OUR LIMITED RESOURCES FOR HIS GLORY
God can multiply our resources, magnify the benefits of our limited resources or both! When Jesus fed more than 5,000 people with practically a loaf or 2 of Gardenia and several pieces of galunggong (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-13) and when God through the prophets Elijah and Elisha supernaturally increased the amount of olive oil and flour of the widows who took them in (1 Kings 17:8-16 and 2 Kings 4:1-7) were 2 great examples of God supernaturally multiplying the limited resources to meet peoples’ needs…and then some!
When God empowered David in defeating the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-54), when God sustained the prophet Elijah to run a super-duper-ultramarathon for 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS with a single value meal (1 Kings 19:7-8) and when God the Father credited righteousness to many, many sinners (you and I included) through Jesus’ obedience (Romans 5:19), He didn’t increase the resources but rather magnified their effect or benefits to insanely huge proportions that would’ve otherwise been impossible without Him!
Lastly, when Jesus performed His first miracle at the wedding in Cana, He didn’t just increase the volume of wine, He also increased the satisfaction that came with it (John 2:7-10). Talk about synergy!
GOD’S LEVERAGE IN OUR LIVES
God continues His leveraging business even until now. For example, a friend of mine experienced a financial deliverance just in the nick of time when God leveraged his good credit standing with a major financial institution to receive a great financial blessing that came just in the nick of time when he needed it most. God significantly increased my the benefits of my friend’s excellent credit standing from no monetary value to a great monetary value.
My writing for a living now is my own testament to God’s resource benefits-leveraging work. He took my limited communications skills, particularly writing, and increased its benefits from simply getting complemented to making a living out of it. I didn’t take up journalism or any other writing-related college course but that didn’t stop God from giving me the chance to write for a living.
EXPECT GOD TO LEVERAGE YOUR LIFE FOR HIS GLORY
God leveraged the life of a rag-tag band of ordinary, uneducated folks to turn the world upside down to propagate His good news of salvation. Peter, the person who boasted the most about not leaving Jesus’s side but gamely dropped Him like a hot potato when the heat was turned on was so “leveraged” by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost that he made a 180-degree turn (Nope, it wasn’t 360 degrees as many people wrongly say in their testimonies, which imply backsliding into the old life) and became so bold in preaching Jesus that on his very first sermon (Acts 2:14-36), there was an altar call of 3,000 people (Acts 2:41)! I dunno about you but 3,000 responding to your very first ever sermon by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is quite a miraculous leveraging feat! If God did that to Peter and the rest of the other disciples/apostles, He can do it to us too! He can leverage our limited faith, eloquence, courage, time, skills and money, among others, to do great works in our lives for His glory.
HOW TO USE GOD’S LEVERAGE
One word: faith. When we truly believe God, we obey Him and are able to truly do good works (James 2:17-18) because faith allows us to see what isn’t there yet and are assured that what is hoped for will happen (Hebrews 11:1). When we do, we ride the current of His grace and are able to do great and wonderful things that glorify Him. But how do we acquire or increase faith? According to Paul in his letter to the Romans, it’s by God’s word about Christ (Romans 10:17). The more we hear or read God’s word in the Bible, our faith increases. When we see just how mightily God has moved and how faithful He was in the past, it lifts our spirits and strengthens us especially when going through difficult and challenging times. As the 2 disciples experienced after walking quite a distance from Jerusalem to Emaus, their hearts burned and their bodies were quickened to go walk all the way back to Jerusalem (Luke 24:32-33) after hearing Jesus talk about Himself in scriptures (Luke 24:27).
God’s word is all we need to truly believe in Him and to be equipped for His kingdom work (2 Timothy 3:16) regardless of how inadequate we or the rest of the world sees us because God is the ultimate LEVERAGE.
Are you ready to be leveraged! Expect Him to do so and watch great and wonderful things to happen.