The Lord's Joy
Today’s Reading: Matthew 25
Key Verse: Matthew 25:21
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”
God has given you gifts. With His gifts come responsibilities. Never hide a gift. With investment in others you will grow what God has given you. What has God given you? Think about it. God has given you at least one gift. Talk to your pastor and a trusted friend about it. Of course, pray fervently about it yourself. Make decisions and move on those decisions. Ask God to stop you if you are moving in the wrong direction. God is Faithful. He’ll guide you. Move forward with your decisions.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord God, give me the grace to invest in my family, my community, my church, my friends and acquaintances, and even in far off places. Keep me faithful over the “few things” You’ve given me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember well the first time I preached. I was 16. I had given my life fully to Christ about two months earlier. The youth leader, Greta O’Brien, asked me to bring the message at a Friday night youth service. At the time, I was reading in the book of Acts where Paul was shipwrecked on an island. I decided I would preach from that story. As I spoke, they said my face got red, and I lasted all of 5 minutes. Several months later, I was baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). The next time I preached was different. I studied the Word on the subject of “Hell.” I prayed for a long time, making sure I was filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. That night 5 people came forward to the altar to be saved. The words flowed from my mouth. There was no struggle or embarrassment. God is faithful!
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