FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
Luke 25:24-26: “Then he which had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.’ His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the changers, and then at my coming I should have received mine with usury.”
Recently, I read this parable of the talents, and was greatly convicted, because this is a pretty accurate picture of what I’ve done with my life. Instead of pouring my life and the talents God has given me into my Lord Jesus Christ and His Marvelous Gospel, I’ve literally buried them and gone my (not so) merry way. My notion, is that many of you have done the same thing.
However, our Lord is a merciful Lord! He’ll give us, as long as we’re still breathing, and have a mind to do so, an opportunity to dig our (his) talent up, and put it to use for His glory. Our God, is a God, not only of second chances, but perhaps of many chances. He is a forgiving God, and it’s His forgiveness that He wants us to convey to others in “the ministry of reconciliation,” that He has given us (2 Corinthians 5:18).
So: You, like me, may have buried your talent. Go dig it up! I have; and I’d like you to join me in renewed effort to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, perhaps you’ve been doing this all along and are satisfied that you’ve done so perfectly. If that is true, I must confess that I envy you. That is not however, true of me. I need a fresh breath of the Holy Spirit, and that’s what I’ve asked God to give me. Then I can sing with zeal and in truth: “I’ll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord, o’er mountain or plain, or sea. I’ll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord. I’ll be what you want me to be” (Carrie E. Rounsefell).
Yours for Christ and the Gospel, a sinner saved by grace,