DAY 32 RED LETTER CHALLENGE

To follow God faithfully means following after Him with everything you have. This means everything we are and everything we have. When we realize all that God has given to us, we can’t help but thank Him and ask Him to help us use what He has given us to the best of our ability. Jesus wanted to help us understand who God is and what He has called us to do. To help get this point across, He told a story about a master and his two servants.

Matthew 25:14-30 ESV

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The master in the parable asked the servants to look after his money while he was away. When he returned, he asked for an accounting of what each had done with what they were given. Two of the servants doubled what they were given. The third servant was afraid of losing the master’s money and hid it instead of using it for the master or investing it. His fear disappointed and angered his master, who said, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.” The master took away everything the servant had been given.

Just like the master was generous and trusted the servants, God is generous to us. We each are given gifts, talents and abilities, and God wants us to use them for His glory. Fear kept the servant from making something of what the master had given him. Fear can keep us from using what God has given us. But if we are going to be successful in life, we must trust that God will enable and empower us to do anything He calls us to do. God loves to see His children move forward in faith, using their resources, gifts and talents for His purposes and when we do, He promises to bless us with even more resources and responsibilities.

Matthew 25:29

“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

Each of us are given gifts to look after and use for our Master. Like the master and the servants, God is waiting to see what we will do with what He gives to us. One day Jesus is returning and like the servants, we will give an account of what we have done with our gifts. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like the first two servants who worked with and invested what they were given.

 

DAY 32 CHALLENGE

Read the following scriptures and meditate on them today. Ask God to help you identify the resources, gifts, talents and abilities He has given you and how He would want you to use them for His purposes.

Luke 6:38 ESV – “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

1 Peter 4:10 ESV – “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”


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