The story of the talents in Matthew 20 rings in my mind today.
The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
Many teachers of this scripture equate talents with money, time, gifts, abilities, etc. Basically, taking what God provides and using it rather than squandering it. So, my question is… if you have a handful of talents and find that you’re only using a few… how long will you allow the others to go unused?
I’m walking through some pretty challenging circumstances with some beautiful people. Sincere followers of Christ that have made some significant mistakes. Unfortunately, the reality of mistakes is consequences. And consequences can be hard.
But the joy of seasons like this is the promise God makes to us even in the midst of those consequences. When it comes down to it, all we have are the promises of God. There’s something about Isaiah 55. I love that scripture. It’s ripe with promises He has made to us…. even in a season of consequences.
If God were to take us back to those pivotal moments in our life where we simply made the wrong choice… I believe His desire is that we make a better choice. However, even in the midst of the consequences of this wrong choice He promises us growth, joy, and peace. He promises that from the deepest areas of our lives that were once a baron wasteland will become fertile soil rich with life. And it comes from His Word spoken from His Mouth.
This is the scripture I draw upon as I wrap my arms around these volunteers.
I believe there are many times in my life where the mountain called “My Plan” is what needs to be moved. It seems I need to bury the mustard seed of faith deep into the heart of my Savior. Maybe the deeper I dig, the more I’ll let go of my truth and embrace His.
Kyle and I have walked through Colossians 3 with Keegan & Josie for the past two weeks. It’s the scriptural focus of the message series, Road Trip, they’re watching in LifeKIDS each weekend. I love the fact that our family is focused on this one chapter in scripture. The time spent just reading together has been refreshing.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience... Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Col 12 & 14
I wish I could say this has been my demeanor the past few weeks. Yet I’m amazed at how difficult it has been to live this out. Ministry has been challenging, to put it lightly. It seems that the simplest of processes in kids ministry aren’t so simple right now. The level of patience, gentleness, and humility I’ve shown is less than I care to confess.
Why is it when I ask God to increase my patience, gentleness and humility… He likes to show me all the areas where it lacks the most?
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