God Has Invested In You
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey." Matthew 25:14-15 God has invested in you. He has invested in each one of us, giving gifts and abilities to each - some more, some less. "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills." 1 Corinthians 12:11 "...as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." Romans 12:3 God expects us to invest what he has given us in HIS work. Many ignore them. For whatever reason they bury them and set their minds and hearts on other things. "And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." Matthew 25:25 What could be more important in life than discovering what one's God-given gifts and talents are, and then using them for the Kingdom of God? We're on this earth for such a relatively short time, and then we go into eternity. What could be sadder for a believer than to arrive in heaven only to find that he had squandered his talents and left unfulfilled the use he might have made of them? When he discovers "what could have been!" Every gift and every talent has the potential to bring changes into the lives of others, as those gifts and talents touch their lives and bring to pass what the intent of the master was when he gave it. When one sees that, and sees that it was left undone, how sad. Brothers and sisters, invest TIME kneeling before God and seeking to know what his plan is for the use of what he has invested in you. This is perhaps one of the most important things you will do in life, because the use or neglect of your talents will have a great effect on others, one way or another, therefore it is crucial that you have this conversation with the Master. Seek direction from him as to what exactly he has invested in you, and how you are to use it. Don't leave this undone, this conversation can change the course of your life. Don't resist it, rejoice in it, for it is God who is at work in your life to bring your calling to the joy and satisfaction of success, and once you experience that, you'll discover joy that cannot be found in anything else. The Lord went on to say concerning the one who buried his talent: vs 28-29: "Therefore 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." Just think of it - the more faithful you are, the more will be given to you. Perhaps you need to start small, but be as faithful as you can and you will find along the way that the Lord has granted you even more. If you have one talent, use it. Later, more will be given to you and you will find yourself in an abundance you never expected, and when you arrive in eternity, you will greatly, greatly rejoice when you see all that the faithful use of your talents produced - which in many cases you knew nothing about at the time. All for being ...FAITHFUL. Please watch this short clip about how one man used his one talent, and the results it produced, even while he never saw the fruit of it until the end. And make sure you have tissues.