February 25, 2017 Leviticus 9,10; Matthew 25

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Trust | Luisa Penaherrera

S~  Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said, ‘I will show myself holy among those who are near me.  I will be glorified before all people.’” Leviticus 10:3 (NLT)

O~ These are the words Moses said to Aaron after two of Aaron’s sons were consumed by fire after disobeying the Lord.

A~ This verse made me wonder where in my life am I being lax in obeying God; where am I not taking seriously what he is showing me.  Lately it has been in the area of money.  We are doing a budget and I find myself thinking about money A LOT.  And with that comes fear and anxiety.

P~ Father, I recognize the fear that is always lurking near by.  Thank you for Jesus, thank you for Holy Spirit.  Help me to listen and trust in what you have already done for me. I belong to you and you will provide.

Freely Given and Fully Used | Robin Laney

S~ To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability…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.’…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?’ ‘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.’ Matthew 25:15,21, 26, 29 (ESV)

O~ The parable of the talents is the story of a shrewd manager who leaves his property in the care of his servants. He knows what each one can handle in responsibility and so gives to them accordingly. The first two are wise and proactive in doubling the money he has given them. The third is fearful of losing the manager’s money and so hides it in the ground and gives it back when he returns. The manager rewards the first two and punishes the third.

A~ While this parable speaks specifically of money, I read it as teaching that whatever God gives us whether it be skills, gifts, or resources, they are to be used faithfully and wisely and boldly for His glory. He gives to us based on what He knows of us and what we are capable of. Of those who have been given gifts of finances, platform, faith, influence, talents (no matter how big or small), He expects much. He doesn’t expect that we will receive His blessings and just rest in His saving grace until we go home.

I have to constantly battle against wasting time, being idle knowing that there is so much Kingdom work to be done. It’s easy to lay back for days or weeks at a time not taking into account that the next day is not promised to me and that His return is imminent and the time unknown. This whole chapter drives home the fact that those who want a seat at the wedding feast must be ready when the time comes, using all He has given to us so that many will come to know Him.

P~ Lord, let me be found ready when You call me home. Let me be constantly aware of Your Spirit in me and obedient to the tasks at hand. Let me serve You faithfully until the very last, being more concerned with the Kingdom and Your Glory than my own desires and comforts. Take away any fear that might keep me from being bold in the work You lay before me. Make me aware of any gifts or abilities that I am wasting. Let my life be a living sacrifice poured out for You.

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