Day 4: What Good Am I? God’s Talent.

When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business...” Luke 19:15

Remember yesterday day when we evaluated what kind of fruit we were baring, and whether or not it was good fruit or bad?  Well, it matters.  Your life matters.  What you choose to do every day – This very day…it all matters!

Jesus tells this parable about the talents, and what those entrusted with the nobleman’s riches did with the investment.  Two of them multiplied the original investment, while the last person simply hid it away and never attempted, never risked…

talent2I have to be honest with you, when I was a little child I used to think that the last person was pretty smart.  He had kept his master’s treasure hidden, safe and sound.  What’s so wrong with that?  He can just give it back, and it will still be the same talent he was given.  Now that I’m older, I understand what this means (at least for me).  God gives us these amazing tools to use in our lives.  Some have been blessed with amazing voices.  Others with great intelligence.  Still others the inquisitive and creative mind…and on it goes.  That little seed has been planted in us.  More than that, God’s truths have also been given to us.  He gives these talents to us and He desires us to use them, not hide them away.  God longs for us to take risks.  He wants us to venture out of our “bubbles” and connect with humanity.  He desires our faith that extends beyond our comfort zones and protective barriers.  The saddest, most disappointing thing that we can do with our talents is hide them away and never use them – such a waste!

How about you?
Are you struggling to figure out what exactly God has given you to use?
Do you grow weary of the investment?
Or do you risk much and venture out far and wide?
Where do you see yourself within this parable of Jesus?
How can you multiply or even triple His original investment in you?
Don’t forget that the purpose of the investment is to give praise to God and then reach out to humanity through His love!  This is the ultimate extension of His wonder and His grace!
Prayer:
Lord help me to see why you invested in me.
I sometimes struggle with my insecurities and doubts.
I long to serve you with everything that I have.  Help me to see others the way you see them.  Guide me today so that I might be an instrument of your peace to those around me.  Help me also to see the investment and talent that you have given me, and in so doing, allow me to use it for your glory!  May your will be done in my life today!  -Amen!
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