“What is that in your hand?”

“And the Lord said to him, what is that in your hand? And he said, A rod.”

When Moses encountered God in the desert, The Lord asked him a simple question, “what is that in your hand?” As many people familiar with this story will tell you, over the years the “rod of Moses” became known as the “rod of God,” yet it was the same rod. That rod, was used in all the miracles of Moses.

Again, when Jesus wanted to feed a multitude, He asked for what was available. A little boy offered his lunch, and The Lord used it to feed thousands of people. I want to extract a simple but powerful principle from these two stories; which is that, it is not true that you have “nothing” in your hand to use to make an impact in your life or the lives of those around you. For you to be reading this post, you have a cell phone or computer in your hand, even if you are in an Internet cafe. When God wants to solve a big problem He likes to use what is in your hand, even if it seems like it is nothing or inconsequential

So if God visited you today and said, “what is that in your hand,” would you answer, “Facebook” or even the “Internet”. Would you say, “Lord, I have a computer in my hand, I know how to use it.” There is nothing you cannot do, with just the Internet or Facebook. The question is, “what are you going to do with it?” Success and prosperity are nothing more than a way of thinking. We need to think differently about these things. We need to think about what we can do with the Internet or even Facebook. When the Chinese saw applications like Twitter, or Facebook, they rushed to create their own sites, such as Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba. A few weeks ago I shared with you the story of Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, which is now bigger than Facebook. Jack Ma was an English language teacher and not a computer expert.

Recently I was in Kenya and I saw what young people have begun to do in that country with social media and the development of apps. I was so excited, I immediately set up a business there to help tap into some of these ideas. The same is beginning to happen in Nigeria. It is good to be able to “use” platforms such as Twitter and Whatsapp, but it is better to think in terms of “what can I really do or create with this?”

I was in the church meeting where Pastor Chris challenged Christians to set up their own social media site. Within a few months, the Christian blogging site Yookos was up and running, and I agreed to chair the company. It was created by young Christians from South Africa, Nigeria, UK and Zimbabwe collaborating on the Internet. Today, it has more than 20 million registered users! Imagine if Moses had complained about the heat in the desert, or complained about not having enough money, or about the economic situation. If he had done that, I know for sure God would not have used him. There is room for an African Alibaba; there is room for an African Facebook; there is room for an African Twitter. Africa has 1bn people, which will double in your life time.

God: “What is that in your hand?”

Man: “It is the Internet Lord”

God: “What is that in your hand?”

Man: “It is Facebook Lord”

God: “What is that in your hand?”

Man: “My cell phone Lord”

God: “What is that in your hand?”

Man: “It is my bicycle Lord”

God is the same God, yesterday, today, and forever. The God of Moses is very much alive, and He wants to use you to change your world. As far as He is concerned, what you have is enough!

“What is that in your hand?” I have meditated so much on this simple question ever since I read it in the bible. If you have faith, there is nothing too little or too small. Faith is the response of the human spirit to the Word of God; so when the Word of God, says to you, “what is that in your hand?” What will your answer be?

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

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