Here in Australia there is much condemnation of Governments for WASTING money, and in my opinion the claims are very well founded, but  there has been much greater waste. Let us consider these . . .
The Germans had a very powerful weapon in WWII which never repaid its investment. The TIRPITZ was the largest battleship ever built in Europe.  Tirpitz never fired at an enemy ship, and participated in ONLY ONE combat operation which was the only time she fired against enemy ground targets.


Tirpitz used only onceThe Tirpitz had, on paper, awesome fighting statistics. She displaced 42,900 tons and had an overall length of 792 feet. Her maximum speed was 30 knots and she had a range of 9,000 miles at 19 knots. At its maximum, the ship’s armour was 12.5 inches and she was armed with 8 x 15 inch guns, 12 x 5.9 inch guns, 16 x 4 inch AA guns, 16 x 37mm AA guns, 58 x 20mm AA guns, 8 x 21 torpedo tubes and six aircraft. Her crew numbered 2,400. By any standards, the Tirpitz would have been a major threat to either the Russian convoys or the Atlantic convoys.


The Germans had another “biggest”  The GUSTAV Gun was the largest calibre rifled weapon in the history of artillery to see actual combat, but was fired ONLY ONCE in the Soviet Union at the siege of Sevastopol.

Gustav used only onceGustav weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes, and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 37 kilometers (23 miles). In combat, the gun was mounted on a specially designed chassis, supported by four bogies on parallel sets of railway tracks. Each of the bogies had 20 axles, giving a total of 80 axles (160 wheels).  The ammunition for the gun consisted of a heavy concrete-piercing shell and a lighter high-explosive shell. A super-long-range rocket projectile was also planned with a range of 150 km that would require the barrel being extended to 84 meters. This rocket projectile might have enabled the bombardment of England.


What a waste and what a tragedy
when Christians do not use the gifts they are given
– the greatest of all gifts –
the unlimited power of heaven!  

The Lord Jesus gave gifts to His people.

To some He gave more, to others less, but to each He gave at least ONE gift.
He gave these for a single purpose: to be USED to benefit His Church.
He loaded His people
with all the power, armour, weaponry and ammunition needed

to live victoriously and to complete His work.

He provided His people with complete armour to enable them to STAND
and to DEFEAT satan and all his forces.
He made us to be MORE than CONQUERORS.

Each who is a child of the living God needs to ask
Am I using the gift/s He has given me?
Am I fulfilling His purpose?

Or am I like the Tirpitz or the Gustav – a useless waste?


If I refuse to use my gift/s I insult my God and mock His purpose.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. Lord, I want to be USED by You. I want to be stretched. I want You to so shine from me that people will see YOU and You will draw all to Yourself.



About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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10 Responses to WHAT A WASTE!

  1. God’s gifts…. Use it or lose (it)!

  2. granbee says:

    Oh, Praise God in the Highest for all the vast amount of stretching He does of me each day! I am so very thankful for the Holy Spirit that keeps driving me along to use the gifts God gave me.

  3. 4hispraise says:

    Welcome …. You are indeed one after my own heart. I join you in my last post in that same observation. One of the greatest sins is the failure to recognize and plant the seeds vested in us by our creator. Very absorbing post that makes the case. milt

    • We serve a great God who alone is worthy of praise. He has blessed us beyond measure and given us so very much. All the resources of heaven are at our disposal to enable us to live victorious lives . . . and yet we do not use what He has given. How grieved He must be, and yet He continues to love us and bless us abundantly.

      What an amazing God!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    What a privilege He gives us to serve in His body and to be instrumental in bringing others to Him. May we never forget Him in our service.

    • A privilege indeed to be co-workers together with God [2 Corinthians 6:1] and to be Ambassadors for Christ [5:20]. May we always use the gifts He has given us for this ministry to HIS honour and glory.

      What an amazing God!

  5. writinggomer says:

    Great post and very true. What a waste indeed if we are not using what we have been given to serve and glorify the One who called us out of a useless sinful life.

    • I can’t think of anything more shameful than to stand before Christ with empty hands, or even only partly-filled hands, considering that He has given me EVERYTHING I need to live a victorious, Christ-honouring life of service to Him.

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