Luke 19 tells a story about a king who went away to another country, entrusting his money with 10 of his servants. We’re all familiar, I’m sure, but in case you need a refresher, you can read it in verses 11-27.
I found this in verse 26 after he had judged the one who hid his talent, ‘‘People who use what they have will get more. But those who do not use what they have will have everything taken away from them.”
I’ve thought of the many people who ask for more but refuse to use what they have. They sit in their homes wishing they could do this or that, never using what God has given them to help others or investing in the Kingdom of God.
They watch from a distance as a family of homeless passes by. Their heart tugs within them to give them a meal or a room to sleep in, but they allow their mind to rationalize away the very idea. ‘What if’s’ will always turn compassion into complacency.
If you’re looking for ways to invest in others, take what you have and do something with it. Don’t keep asking for more if you refuse to cultivate what you have. You have the opportunity to multiply the gifts and abilities you have and at the same time, fulfill the longing of your heart to feel needed again.
Father, thank you for the reminder to listen to Your Spirit in me in the little instructions You give. May I not be so engrossed in my problems and issues that I lose sight of the ones around me. It’s all for the harvest! May souls be my primary goal. In Jesus’ name and always for Your glory, Amen.