Book: Proverbs 14
“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes abundant harvest.”
Imagine with me building a beautiful, state of the art house with rooms of all kinds to entertain and enjoy. It has the best craftsmanship in it with incredible views from each window. The floors are marble and solid woods from all over the world that are heated from beneath. There is incredible art work from your favorite artists placed perfectly around the house especially in the music room. The only problem is that no one lives there because the owner does not want it to get dirty or damaged from children playing or even the floors worn from the foot traffic. He won’t even go into the house. It might be a beautiful house but what use is it to anyone? It is only when the owner starts using the house that it actually becomes useful and the value of it can be enjoyed.
As Kingdom builders, the King has given us assets, abilities, and gifts to be used for Him. He expects we will not just hold tightly on to them but use them for His glory and honor. Sometime we are afraid to use what He has given us because we have not used them before. We need to take faith steps and use them.
If you are a Kingdom builder who oversees others, make sure that you are encouraging the gifts, abilities and dreams that God has given them as well. I have seen many leaders, businesses and nonprofit organizations have “an empty manger” because they are not aware of the potential waiting to be used in those they are responsible for. These people may be doing a good job at their work but have so much more to offer if they were just asked and listened to.
Take time to ask the Lord if there are any “empty mangers” in your life or those who you oversee. Consider how you might appropriately consider discovering how they might be filled returning “an abundant harvest”!