Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Your Talents

Yesterday my conversation with the Lord was about the wise and unwise virgins, today it was all about the talents. Read the parable of the talents in Matt 25. What is the message? We are to do something with what the Lord has given us. You don't have to take over the world, just do something. Remember what happened to the servant who buried his talents...

What are you supposed to do? That is between yourself and the Lord. Each of us has different talents and only we and those close to us have any idea of what those talents might be.

Why might this be important? Well, if the destructive earth changes continue unabated into the future, then this world can expect more events like what happened to Japan. Colorado is flooding now, there are fires in Oklahoma now in addition to Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. The entire Mississippi river basin running all the way up to almost our northern border has been flooded. Tornadoes have shredded the south, hurricane season is just getting warmed up, and what's the point? There is no guarantee we will be on this earth to see tomorrow. We might be raptured out tonight, we might die out tonight, who knows? Should this make you fearful? No.

This should be encouragement for you to be ready to meet our Lord Jesus each and every day. What does the parable of the virgins tell us? Those who were ready went in to the be watching. The two key words in that parable and all over the place in the gospels is 1. ready and 2. watching.

So how do the talents fit in here? You and I want to be found doing something with the talents we have been given. The Lord expects a return on His investment in us. Each of us has a different gift from the Lord. Find out what it is and put it to work, somehow..some way. The Lord didn't hammer the lazy servant for a small return, He hammered the lazy servant for NO return. The guy buried his talent which means no return on what the Lord had given him. We do not want to be found to be lazy wicked unprofitable servants.

We need to be watching and ready. The parable talents has to do with our readiness. Are we doing something with what we have been given? If we find ourselves standing before the Lord very soon, how will we give an account for ourselves. Do not put this off. It would be wise to think about this now, and do something about this now. We have no idea how many days we have left here. We need to make the most of the time we have remaining. The counsel you are reading from this writer today is good counsel regardless when the Lord comes for us. If He shows up for us sooner rather than later you will be very glad that you did what the Lord told us to do in Matt 25.

What do we see in Matt 25? The virgins (and wedding), the talents, then the judgement. We are the virgins, preparing for a wedding, by using our talents in the Lords service so we fare well in the judgement. See the 1,2,3 there? That is exactly how the Lord laid out Matt 25 for us.

A bride preparing for a wedding is full of joy and happiness with overflowing expectation for good things. A bride preparing for a wedding has no thoughts of being married so she can endure hell on earth (the tribulation) in order to enjoy life with her husband. This is not deep thinking folks, this is common sense on a level that a child could figure it out. This is childlike thinking, and if any of us has hopes of entering the gates of heaven we better get rid of all our so called "christian" education and learning and hear and receive the pure milk that is the Word of God. Where do I get this idea?

... I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom
of God like a child will never enter it."
What are the other parts of our readiness? Obviously faith, obviously obedience. If you love me you will obey my commands...who said that?

John 14:15

"If you love me, you will obey what I command. .

What does the Lord say about faith? Lots of things but here is one of them:

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Its time to get ready. If the tribulation begins this fall its a good time to be watching and ready today. If the rapture occurs this fall its a good time to be watching and ready today. If neither the rapture nor the tribulation occur this year, its a good time to be watching and ready today because nobody ever guaranteed us another living breathing day here.

These are the things this writer hears the Lord saying today.

grace and peace