“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Matthew 25:14-18 (NIV)
You have richly blessed my life. I know that you have entrusted me with gifts, talents and abilities. I know that it is not your purpose or plan that I would use all that you have given me to serve myself. You did not give me these gifts, talents and abilities so that I could make myself comfortable by living in pleasure. I am sure that you want me to use what you have given me to serve you. What makes you sure of that? I know that you want me to become like you. You want me to think and speak and act like you. You want me to live like you lived. You want me to give like you gave. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to go and do what you did. What did I do? You took on the form of a servant. You lived to please your Heavenly Father. You did whatever your Heavenly Father asked of you. You made it your goal to accomplish your Heavenly Father’s purposes and fulfill His plans. Yes, I did.
How will you serve me? How will you use the gifts and talents and abilities I have given to you? How will you accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Those are good questions. Those are questions I would like to ask you. Those are questions that I need you to help me to answer. I can only know the answers to those questions by listening carefully to you. I can only know and do your will by following you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. That is what I will do. I will follow and obey you. I will rely on you to make me faithful. I will rely on you to make me fruitful. I will eagerly and joyfully and vigorously engage in the work that you set before me as I walk closely with you through life. Then one day, I know that I will be found faithful because, with your help, I will have done everything you have asked me to do for you. I will have born fruit for your kingdom and brought glory to your name. Yes, you will and that will be very good.
Lord, I want to use all the gifts, talents and abilities you have given me to serve you. I don’t want anything to be unused. I don’t want anything to go to waste. Help me to use all you have given me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
Key Question… How is God now calling you to use your gifts, talents and resources to serve Him?
Living It Out… Use all your gifts, talents and resources to serve God so you can bear fruit for His kingdom.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord has given you gifts, talents and resources with which you can serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are using your gifts, talents and resources to serve God.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you use the gifts, talents and resources you have been given to serve the Lord.
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