Please note, this is NOT about salvation. We’re saved by our faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a done deal. This is about HOW to live our lives in intimacy with God and prospering with God. Not about salvation – there is NO salvation by works. This is just about what we do AFTER we are saved.
Jesus spent so much time teaching us about the Kingdom of God. Here is a wonderful parable that helps me see what I can be doing with my life!
It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. – Mat 25:14-15
He shows met
- that He only expects us to use what we have – according to our ability… not according to the super-healed and super-talented person next to me!
- that when I my one talent, He will then give me more – and not before
I don’t know about you, but that really takes a load off. I am free to evaluate what I am and am not able to do. What I do and don’t have.
Talents represent whatever free resources that you have to give to someone. It could be money, but it could be kindness or time or support. in all of these things we are keeping His command to love.
So if I use my talents to help others, I keep the command to love one another. And if I use my talents, more will be given. In this way I will be drawn closer and closer to Him as my life progresses.
Perhaps at first my obedience will be to His command to love… but as my relationship with Him deepends, I may hear more from Him and then as I hear more specific things, I can be obedient to His more specific commands.
In my life I feel I have some talents to share with others
- time, kindness and a listening ear
- a limited amount of money to share
- an open house to welcome people
- extra clothes, extra CDs and a couch set that I don’t really need in my house and can give away
- a car that I can give lifts to people with
- this blog site and Christian Men which I can bless people through
- a second ticket to the rugby that I can bless people with
It’s nothing super-human, but it’s what I have available right now to use to love other people with. I have 1 talent. It’s ok, I will use my 1 talent – and He will give me more!
You see the thing is, I have always wanted to build orphanages. I want a big prosperous company ONLY in order to build orphanages. If I can build them in another way off someone else’s money then fine! hehehehe
So I kinda sat back and cried out for God to get on with blessing me. Come on Lord! And then I began to understand… use the talent I have got (my small company) to bless others and He will enlarge the tent, He will grow the company and then maybe one day I’ll build one orphanage, then 10 then 100 then 1000.
So the concept is so easy… and it takes the pressure off me. Praise God, He has only given me simple talents to use at this time – and I can use them with great joy!
And as I sow those into the Kingdom of God, He will send me more. And along the way – as Jesus said, my joy in service God will become more complete.
And so when I learned this, I began to do it.
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