Devotional 5/15

And that servant, who knew his lord’s will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more. Luke 12:47-48

You must take personal responsibility.
You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, the wind, but you can change yourself.
Jim Rohn

God called us according to His purpose, he set us apart to fulfill a specific mission according to that purpose. God does not expect us to work alone, but with the body of Christ. Even if we have never worked with others, or do not like certain aspects of people’s personalities we are still required to. We are commanded to push aside our personal opinions and preferences, and die to our flesh in order to follow Christ. If we work alone, we will not go very far, and this is why God called us into a church. I personally do not consider the people in church as family, but I love them like family. Spiritually I looks after their souls, and I learned that this is the core of God’s desire. He wants us to love each other and to be in one mind, as long as you keep this standard up for yourself, anyone else who is not in that vision will be accountable to God. As Christians, we are called to kill this part of ourselves: the self sufficient part.  We must learn to overcome our self sufficiency and independence, because we have a responsibility, a duty to work out for the advancement of God’s kingdom. 

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 Your gift & talents + Your heart’s desire = Your purpose

We have different callings, spiritual gifts, graces, and talents all for God’s purpose. See Jesus was anointed to destroy the works of the devil, this was his purpose. He was called to the earth to disciple the 12, and to cast out demons and heal the sick, free the oppressed. He walked in the gifting of the spirit, obviously being the son of God, fully God and fully human, He walked in the gifts of the spirit. Since Jesus is God, He walked in all the gifts of the spirit (the only one not mentioned is tongues and the interpretation of tongues). But nonetheless, He used these gifts to fulfill his purpose which was to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus had a special grace to teach and speak with wisdom and authority, drawing a crowd to listen and desire salvation (liberation and healing are the same). Jesus had compassion, and He was zealous for the house of God, and these are special graces which develop in our being as we grow in the lord. Again, these are aids to carry out God’s unique purpose for your life.

The bible doesn’t register that Jesus had talents but the bible does speak that he was a carpenter before going into full time ministry. Jesus speaks about the 10 talents (Matthew 25:10), and in this parable he speaks of servants being given different weights of gold and they were supposed to invest it and make a profit. This is how God views us, whatever your talent is. If your talent is cooking, doing hair, singing, writing, dancing, designing, speaking- whatever it is, God expects you to go forward and make a profit to benefit yourself and others, which bring Him the glory.

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for your call which comes with a complete package! i thank you for the resources of time, finances and people around us. help us all to maximize of use, and managements of them. Help us to use our gifts, whether encouragement, giving, leading, prophesying, showing mercy or teaching to your greatest advantage (Romans 12:6–8). may we recognize that wherever we are in the church, we have been placed there to grow and develop in our calling. i thank you for your love and patience, may our hearts be drawn to you more and more each day. In Jesus name, Amen.

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