Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents
14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Lord has been impressing upon this writer that it is time for us (if we have not already) to begin or continue developing the talents/gifts/abilities that have been deposited within each of us.  You do not have to be a rocket scientist to look around at the world and see it has some serious problems.  A God rejecting world has no peace, and they cannot figure out why.

I have asked the Lord "why" to get a better answer for developing our talents now (other than the obvious answer that He told us to in His Word).  This writer supposes it has everything to do with the previous post that said we are here for a reason.  We were put here in this season of world history with a purpose and according to His divine wisdom.  He is the general we are the soldiers.  The foot soldier does not have to know the grand plan, he or she just has to do their part in it.  There has never been a military tactician in world history better than the Lord our God, so we can rest assured we will be employed for maximum effectiveness in whatever capacity He sees fit to use us.

The purpose of writing this post is to prod you as this writer has been prodded.  Wipe the sleep from your eyes and engage.  Begin, dig, develop, baby crawl if you have to in the direction of your talents and abilities.  Your General in heaven has a plan for you and is going to put you to use.  When He calls, be ready.  Glory to God.

grace and peace

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

You Were Created For This

I have some encouragement for you today regarding this world in chaos that we find ourselves in.  The world is in chaos because it has rejected the living God, our God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  That said, be encouraged in this world because it was no accident you find yourself right here, right now.  God Almighty, all knowing and all powerful in His infinite wisdom put us here on this earth with our talents and abilities in this season of the earth's history.  You may not know what you are doing.  You may feel like your head is spinning while you watch this world spin out of control but do not despair.  We are the foot soldiers who carry out the orders of the most brilliant General in world history.  Our Commander in Chief knows how this story began and how it ends.  He also knows every detail or what will happen and what needs to happen in between.

You and I both were created for this.  Trust the Lord to work out His will through you.  You and I only have the ability to see whats directly in front of our face.  We do not see the long term strategy being worked out by the Almighty.   Each one of us has certain strengths and abilities/talents that were put on this earth to be used at the pleasure of the Almighty.  Our job is to develop and maintain whatever our talents are so at just the right time we can be effectively employed by God Almighty for His glory and according to His purposes.

Be encouraged.  Dive deep into the faith and be rooted in it.  Hold onto the spiritual treasure that has been entrusted to you.  Do you part by knowing the Lord God and walking with Him in close communion each and every day.  Do your job by knowing and loving the Lord our God.

These are the thoughts ^^ that have been impressed upon this writer's heart over the past 30 days or so.  Glory to God.

grace and peace