Today I was playing some songs on my keyboard at home and I was trying to work on an old hymn that I used to sing in my bedroom as a teenager in times when I felt most alone and afraid. In the chorus of “Because He Lives”, it reads:
“Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone,
Because I know, I know, He holds the(my) future,
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”
Now many of you know my testimony, I shared it throughout a few blogs back…I struggled with suicide, and this song quite honestly got me through many times of deep sadness. I would just sing the chorus over and over (usually crying) until I’d fall asleep. My Grandpa comes into play because I also have this picture of him holding a plaque I got from my junior year in high school that recognized me for best writer. All you see in the pic is the plaque in his hand. It makes me a little sad because I miss those hands. (He passed away a few years ago now.) But I also have a sense of pride that he was so proud of me. He kept holding it and looking at it that night. It really did make me happy.
All that to say, what gifts, what talents have you been given? Sometimes we feel like we don’t have anything to offer. Like there isn’t anything of “value” that we can contribute to the world. Right there is an important key…our value isn’t found in the world’s stock market. It’s found through Jesus Christ. It’s through Him that we find our worth and value. He died for us so that we may have hope and favor and life eternally with Him, if we so chose.
There’s a parable about a Master and 3 servants. He gives one 5 talents, one 2 talents, and the other 1 talent. It’s in Matthew 25:14-30. The first two servants invest and make double what they were given. The last servant with 1 talent buried what he was given until his Master returned. The first two servants where told “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” The last servant got, “You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
YIKES!!! So what does that mean? Here’s commentary from my study bible about this passage. Some of it is paraphrased.
The Master divided his money (talents) among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than they could handle. If he failed his assignment the excuse couldn’t be that he was overwhelmed. Failure could only be laziness or hatred toward the master. God give us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities, and he expects us to invest them wisely until he returns. We are responsible to use well what God has given us. The issue isn’t how much we have, it’s how well we do with what was given us. Jesus is coming back. Does it mean we quit our jobs in order to serve God? No, it means we are to use our time, talents, and treasures diligently in order to serve God completely in whatever we do. For a few people, this may mean changing professions. For most of us, it means doing our daily work out of love for God. The last servant was self-centered. He hoped to play it safe and protect himself from his hard Master. We mustn’t make excuses to avoid doing what God has called us to do. If God truly is our Master, we must obey willingly. Our time, abilities, and money aren’t ours in the first place. We are caretakers, not owners. When we ignore, squander, or abuse what we are given, we are rebellious and deserve to be punished. This parable describes the consequences of two attitudes to Christ’s return.
1. One who diligently prepares for it by investing his or her time and talent to serve God
will be rewarded.
2. One who has no heart for the work of the kingdom will be punished.
God rewards faithfulness. Those who bear no fruit for God’s kingdom cannot expect to be treated the same as those who are faithful.
So…make sure you are using whatever God has given you for Him. If you aren’t now, start. Ask forgiveness and begin anew! He loves you. He wants the best of you. He also wants you to be a working part of His kingdom and be true to your part of the relationship. God is a just God…He is looking for faithful, obedient servants. Are you one?
Until next time…keep God first and listen for His voice to help guide you and mold you into what He wants you to be! Keep in your bible and share the Good News to all who will hear!
Sarah, Derek, and David
The Nameless Movement