Monday, August 21, 2017

Do something with the gift

Matthew 25: 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


“Why am I this way?” I exclaimed to GOD. I mean at times it seemed like I was wrong for every situation. People were telling me how wrong my looks, clothing, choices and personality was for a given situation.

  • Sometimes I feel wrong for the job.
  • Sometimes I feel wrong for the situation.
  • Sometimes I feel wrong for society.

Can’t I just sit in my house and talk to no one? I mean it beats rejection, coercion, blame and other unkind stuff the world dishes out. BUT GOD wants me to do something with the gifts HE has given me.

  • GOD wants me to reach those HE has given me with my personality.
  • GOD wants me to reach those only I can reach because of the way HE made me.
  • GOD wants me to reach those who HE sends me to.

When GOD made me and “that” person HE said it was perfect. This is exactly how I made you and I want you to use that to bring people to ME. When you use your gifts for me, I will bless you!

  • Are you hiding?
  • Do you feel inadequate or making others feel the same?
  • Can you use the simple gifts GOD has given you to bring others to HIM?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gifts and Talents

Matthew 25: 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.


“Wow, you are talented” someone said to me for the first time. I was used to being ostracized and laughed at. “How do you do that?” they asked. “I don’t know… I just do it. I replied. It felt good to be noticed for something good for a change.

  • Every once in a while I have been recognized for a talent.
  • Every once in a while I have been recognized for what I could do.
  • Every once in a while I have been given an award or a pat on the back for “my” accomplishments.

After a while I craved positive validation from the crowd and I got it. Soon “I” was the one who could solve any and every problem. I wasn’t thankful for “my” talents.

  • GOD wants me to be thankful for the talents HE gave me.
  • GOD wants me to use the abilities HE gave me to grow HIS kingdom.
  • GOD wants me to recognize that nothing I do comes from “me” rather it was HE who created me.

JESUS starts off the story with an analogy of money as a gift HE gives to people according to their ability. HE gave me my gifts and talents according to what I could handle. I do not need to be jealous of others.

  • Are you jealous over someone’s talents?
  • Do you think your abilities come from you or GOD?
  • Can you acknowledge that GOD has given you gifts and wants you to use them for HIS kingdom?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shut Door

Matthew 25: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


“Where did I put my keys?” I asked myself frantically. It seemed like it took forever to find them! I sped off only to hit some unanticipated traffic near the parking lot. One novice in front of me could not figure out how to simply get the ticket to enter the lot. “Come on!” I screamed in my car. I ran to the gate only to see them shut the door of the plane. My boss was on that plane.

  • There have been times I was not prepared.
  • There have been days when I made costly mistake with my time.
  • There have been situations that I did not anticipate and found out I was left behind.

Preparing for the next day got introduced to me the hard way when I missed that plane, but what about preparing for the “next life?” JESUS tells a story that implies HIS return would take a long time and many would “fall asleep” instead of being prepared.

  • GOD wants me to be prepared to tell people about HIS SON on a daily basis.
  • GOD wants me to be prepared to die and see HIS face every day.
  • GOD wants me to be prepared for JESUS to return so I need to serve people on a daily basis.

“I will serve GOD after I ” is a crazy thought. I will never have enough money, time or health to serve GOD, so why not do it now! GOD wants me when I am busy, distracted and worried. HE wants me to see life’s delays as opportunities to pray for those around me. I should always be prepared!

  • Are you prepared to see GOD today?
  • Are you prepared to answer questions about JESUS if someone asked you about your relationship with HIM?
  • Are you prepared to die and live an eternal life with, or worse, without GOD?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Servant’s Choice

Matthew 24: 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Balling up paper was fun. We gathered enough to have about twenty a piece for our game. An empty trash can was our basket. Shot after shot increased our skills. We even adjusted for the wind.

“What are you two doing?” was the question from our boss. “Unloading the truck” we replied. I guess I will not be put in charge of much here.

  • I have goofed off at work.
  • I have fallen asleep at work.
  • I have played games, held phone calls and went out on extended lunches at work.

Dead end job was the label I put on the position and I did not value the position at all. I went from job to job with that same attitude. BUT GOD wanted more.

  • GOD wants me to serve HIM on every job I work.
  • GOD wants me to understand HE sees me and that should be enough to keep me from goofing off.
  • GOD wants me to do in private what I do in public.

The servant who thinks JESUS is never going to return is quite mistaken. HIS return is imminent. In fact, for some, this may be their very last day on this earth. HE suggests that I have a choice, be caught serving or be caught goofing off, mistreating people. JESUS wants me to serve people while I still have the chance.

  • Are you goofing off when you could be serving someone for GOD?
  • Do you think work is more important than serving someone for GOD at work?
  • Can you do your work as if you were doing it for GOD?
  • Will you serve someone or pray for someone today?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Guard My House

Matthew 24: 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.


“Have a drink” one person exclaimed. Laughter filled the air as the libations were poured out. I did not like the taste but I indulged. Later that evening we played drunk games. While I wasn’t drunk, I indulged. I mean it looked like “fun” and perhaps leading to sex!

  • Many times I let my guards down.
  • Many times I have opened the door to my heart to things that should not be there.
  • Many times I went to sleep when I should have stayed awake, guarding my house.

Nothing good ever came out of letting my guards down, not even for a minute. Whatever I was running away from was still there the next day and then I may have added guilt on top of my problem. What am I supposed to do?

  • GOD says to me “Be ready” so I should stop looking for “me” and seek HIS face.
  • GOD says to me “The SON of man will come” so I should expect HIS return.
  • GOD says to me “I will return when you do not expect ME.”

Readiness is not easy, but necessary. I mean I sin, but I sure would like to be caught in the act of serving someone versus harming them. Being ready makes me do the things GOD wants me to do instead of the things I shouldn’t place in my heart. HE guides me to a better place when I guard my heart.

  • Are you giving up on GOD?
  • Do you feel you “deserve” to sin a little?
  • Can you stop feeling sorry for yourself and get back to the strength which is following CHRIST?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Who What When

Matthew 24: 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.


Waiting was the horrible part. I did not know how the announcement would come or if I had even made it in. The principal called out names to the office over the loud speaker. My heart was elated. I had passed the test to get into the high school I wanted to attend!

  • Sometimes I get anxious waiting.
  • Sometimes I get impatient looking for something to happen.
  • Sometimes I get jittery just sitting when I am expecting something to happen.

Humans have said “JESUS will return on X day at X hour.” Movies have been made about specific dates the world will end. This is strange because not even JESUS knows the day or the hour, only the FATHER knows.

  • GOD wants me to seek HIM daily so I do not have to sit and wait.
  • GOD wants me to prepare people for JESUS’s return so I need to focus only on that.
  • GOD wants me to stop worrying about those who predict the end of the world and focus on making sure people believe in the SON.

The day is unknown but it will come quickly, like a thief in the night. GOD wants me to be ready.

  • Are you ready for JESUS’s return?
  • Do you think it is centuries away?
  • Can you stop being skeptical about HIS return because of those who claim to know the day or the hour?
  • Will you serve GOD today?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Forever Words

Matthew 24: 32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


“I will take care of you” were the words I heard from the LORD in the middle of a crisis. I felt peace for a moment but soon fell back into the same worries and actions of trying to take matters in my own hands.

  • Sometimes I think GOD’s words are temporary.
  • Sometimes I think GOD’s words only apply to when things are going well.
  • Sometimes I think GOD’s words can’t really mean what HE said.

Doubt and mistrust do not affect GOD’s words. When HE says “I will” HE means “I will” whether I believe or not, HE does what HE says. JESUS tells me that “Heaven and earth will pass away” and “you can count on that because I said it.”

  • JESUS says to me “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
  • JESUS says to me “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  • JESUS says to me “MY love for you will never pass away and no one can snatch you from MY hands.”

JESUS’s declarations are final. What HE says HE will do. I can trust in HIS words because HE is only saying what has already been done from HIS perspective. HE is the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and the end. HE has already seen what HE did and is simply telling me “I have already done this.” I can trust in HIS everlasting word because it has already been done!

  • Do you waiver in trusting in the LORD?
  • Have the worries of this world made you take your eyes off of GOD’s promise that HE will take care of you?
  • Will you stop doubting what GOD has already declared in your life?