Devotional 11/17

But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Matthew 25:26-30

Use your talent (everybody has one) in any way you can. Don’t keep it for yourself like a miser- spend it like a millionaire.
Lucy Macdonald

A friend of mine asked me, “so are we held accountable in heaven for not using gifts?”, and immediately I was reminded of the story in the book of Matthew of the 10 talents. Of course we are held accountable for what we have been given. Our decision to not use our gifts, is like a slap in God’s face: self doubt and fear are very real, but so is faith and trust in God are too. In the parable of the 10 talents, Jesus used a metaphorical story to portray how God thinks about what He gives us. The 3 people in the story, were given talents- this actually gold and silver, which is worth money. In essence we can use this as the gifts, knowledge and talents which God gives us by His Spirit. Two of the men used their talents, but the 3rd one was too afraid to do anything with it and buried the talent into the ground. This actually makes God angry, and makes us reap punishment in the long run, even eternally. This is not an easy pill to swallow, but God is God, and we are not.

The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. ‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
(The Message version)

God knows who He gives talents to. Each of us has a unique gift for this world. Everyone has gifts; some have gifts to mother, to be generous, to serve, to speak, to sing, to teach and so many more. Life gives us clues about our specific talents, but many people push them to the side for fear. Something a friend of mine said, is that when we feel fear, we are operating in our limited fleshly beliefs. And I could not help to agree, where our mind goes, our body flows. I urge you to make the connections, to KNOW your gifts and talents. Then soon God will help you develop them, and give you a platform to use them. Some people God teaches to earn a living from using them. I often think about things like this because I was not created to work a 9-5 job, which brings me no fulfillment and robs me of my precious time.Image result for ROMANS GRACE GIFTS

When we refuse to walk in the design that God ordained for us, we are risking the well being of others, we are sabotaging our own happiness and we are also disrespecting God. In Romans, the bible says that God graced us with gifts and that we should work arduously to use these gifts. God says, you didn’t have to hide what I gave you, I expected you to make interest with it. Interest to God, is to bring Him glory (saving souls, bringing healing, liberation, spreading the gospel, supplying people’s needs, etc). If you did not want to use it; you could’ve gave it to the bankers, which make interest from it on its own without you. The bankers in the scripture, is basically the world, a profession, a 9 to 5, in the home, etc. God is for us being professionals in the secular spectrum. We are not of this world, but we are in it. If we do not plan to use our gifts, we ought to use them in the world in a profession which we know complements them. God wants to use us in the world, too, not only in the church!!!!

Some people are gifted to mother/father, and earn livings being school teachers, nannies, foster mothers and/or mentors! In the kingdom of God, these would be pastors, youth and children’s ministry leaders. Others are called to give, and they give generously of their finances, their food, their clothes, their homes and other material things: these can both be done in the kingdom of God or in the world. Others are graced with serving others, they offer their time, and their physical service in any area; and again this is done in the world or in the church. If we know our gifts and natural talents we need to accept that the world needs it.  Spiritual gifts like gifts of discernment, interpretation of tongues, dreams, visions and prophecy, gift of knowledge and wisdom, etc, are and can be used in the world but without prudence, they will be used in the world with contamination. Spiritual gifts are a little more sensitive to God, because they are to edify the church. If we use them in the world, we have to use it through the holy spirit otherwise we will be operating in the flesh, which opens the door to demonic spirits. For example, some people use the gift of prophecy in the world, by contaminating their spirits with divinity spirits, magic, manipulation (witchcraft) and sorcery.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, we thank you, we honor you for your grace. The ability and capability, you have endowed us with to glorify your name in this world. I thank you for the gifts, and I ask you to continue to develop us in the way we you know is perfect for us individually.  I rebuke fear in the name of Jesus, unleash potentials in this season and take blindfolds from off of our eyes. I ask you to forgive us, and have mercy on us for preventing your will to be done on the earth, because of our fears. I pray for each person today, myself included, to confront our fear by faith knowing that You are with us, You are for us and You have our backs. May we continue to walk by faith, and move courageously step by step, until we reach the fullness of greatness you have designed for each of us. In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.  

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