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Choices determine destinies 

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So today..here’s a repost from Girlfriends in God that’s a kick in the rear for those of us who let fear hold us back from using the gifts God has given us and multiplying it for His Glory!! 

Sometimes God will put you in a dry place to expand your faith and cause you to use what He has placed in your hands to produce something wonderful, life changing and even income earning   to serve your family and others! So let’s go! Let’s become producers, Not just consumers!! 

Reposted from Sharon Jaynes of GiG

Friend to Friend

One day Jesus told a parable to a group of listeners. We’ve come to know it as the Parable of the Talents, but it is really more the Parable of the Three Choices. Jesus was explaining what the kingdom of heaven would be like in common terms.

For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Matthew 25:14-18)

When the master returned home, he was well please with the two servants who had invested and doubled their talents, but he was furious with the one who hid his one talent in the ground.

You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents’ (Matt. 25:26).

This story gives me chills every time I read it. For you see, God has given each and every one of us gifts . . . gifts that He has purposed for us to use, invest, and multiply. And I’m not just talking about money, but gifts in our inner being. He has given you talents and abilities that He expects you to use to further the kingdom and minister to others.

So what kept the servant with one talent from doing so? Fear. Giving into fear prevented him from investing what he had. I think the master would have been more pleased if the servant had said, “Lord, I invested the talent and unfortunately lost it all.” At least he would have tried. At least he would have made some effort. But the master saw him as evil and lazy.Fear makes us lazy. Think about that a minute. A fearful person does little.

Moving forward despite the fear gets the spiritual couch potato out from under the afghan and into the life she was meant to live.

So here’s what I want us to think about today: Are we investing the gifts and talents that God has given us, or are we hiding them because of fear.
I don’t know about you, but I want to invest all I have and live bold. We’re going to pick back up on this in my next devotion, but for now, let’s ponder which servant we want to be.

Let’s Pray: Lord, thank You for entrusting me with gifts and talents. Sometimes I’m not sure what they are, but I pray that You will make them clear to me. Help me to be brave and share the talents that You have given me with others. I want to invest in other people and multiply the fruit in Your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Read Matthew 25:14-30 in your own Bible. Which servant do you resemble the most? Which servant do you want to resemble most? How did the servants’ choices determine their destinies?

Here is a quote from Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: You either show fear the door, or it will bolt the lock to keep you out of the places God has prepared for you to go and do all that He has planned for you to do. Fear has no choice but to leave the premises when you stand on the promises of God and say, “You are not welcome here.”

What area of your life do you need to “show fear the door?”

Have a great, productive day all!! Your friends at Sisters’ Keeper! 

WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND?

1 Pet 4:10-11 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God..So that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful couple, a medical doctor Dr. Agamah and his wife June. He is from Ghana and she’s from Guyana. They have a thriving practice in the United States and three beautiful daughters. He shared with our church that about 18 years ago the Lord gave him a vision to start medical missions to his home village Agbozume, Ghana. This village of about 18,000 people had no hospital or medical facility to serve their large farming community with average earnings of less than US $1 daily and a life expectancy of less than 59 years. What began as a small clinic in a room of Dr. Agamah’s parents’ home, has now become the International Health and Development Network (IHDN), a major health care provider in Ghana with a hospital that serves a catchment area of 60,000 Ghanians yearly. (Click here to read more about IHDN)

It was truly inspiring and challenging to me at the same time. The Lord had asked me some years ago..”What is in YOUR hand?” What skill, profession, talent or resource have you been given that can be used to help and bless others around you?

Of course, if you can travel to far-away poverty stricken nations to serve that’s wonderful, but how can you serve others right where you are? Two weeks ago Marisse blogged on “Are you a foot or a fingernail?”. I want to encourage and underscore that message today..the gifts you’ve been blessed with are to be used to bless others. You can “get in where you fit in” and begin to serve wherever and in whatever way you are able to. Step beyond your comfort zone and your usual circle. Ask the Lord to broaden your scope of view and enlarge your territory and show you how to pray for people or nations that you may not already pray for. Reach out to that neighbor or co-worker that has been on your mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, strength and direction as you serve.

Isn’t it sobering to think of the limited time we have on this earth? Let’s use it for God’s glory because in the end, only what is done for Christ will last.

Prayer for today:
Lord, I thank you for life. Thank you for the gifts, talents and resources you have blessed us with. Show us how we can use these, with wisdom, to serve others more. Lead us Lord to the person, persons, communities or nations that are in need today. Bless us indeed and enlarge our territory, and let your hand be with us. Amen!

We’d really love to hear from you..share in the comment box below how you’ve been motivated to help others around you. Please also share any missions, initiatives or persons you would like us to join in and pray for. God bless.

By Carol-angel Jackson

Robertha, Dr. Agamah, his wife June, and your’s truly.

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