November 20, 2017 by Kgalalelo
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)
There is a popular song by Josh Groban that says “You Raise Me Up”. I heard it singing in my mind as I was praying one afternoon. God likes ministering to me through song. He always finds the right one for the occasion and this was it! I was expressing gratitude about how my day had turned out. The day started well; the weather was wonderfully warm and I felt good about myself. As the day unfolded I curved in a bit as I was overwhelmed by an assignment I had to complete within an hour but God raised me up again as He gave me the idea of how to do it quicker and bringing in my associates to assist. It became an easy task and I surprised myself about how much knowledge and wisdom I had. I imagined that the angels were there helping me every step of the way. God had reminded me of what was already deposited in me and I simply showed my associates what to do to help me.
The story of Ester in the Bible came to mind that perhaps I was born for a time such as that, to impart the knowledge I had to others. I had to be challenged in that moment for me to realise that I already had knowledge and wisdom. I had been born with a certain ability of comprehending certain things faster and truly believe that each and every one of us, are given abilities and skills when they come into embodiment.
Ester, the Jew, had been married to the King and when the Jews were threatened and faced the possibility of extinction, her uncle, Mordecai sought help from her to save the nation, that in actual fact, she didn’t come to the palace by coincidence at that precise time. I like how it is documented in the Bible and these are the words of Mordecai “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" (Ester 4:14). This scripture came vividly in my mind and I realised that I still have something to give to others. God took something that overwhelmed me for a while and made light of it by showing me that I know how to do it and in fact possess understanding that I didn’t think I had and this had to be passed on to others.
I’m a great fan of Neale Donald Walsch and his Conversations with God series and one thing that he says is that God said to him that if you want something in life, give it to another person or cause another to experience that which you want to experience. I felt like I was beginning to comprehend that piece of information. This was fantastic and I was energised once again as I realised that we have so much to give in this world and sometimes the things that you think are easy and obvious are not so easy and obvious to other people but you are the light of the world and the salt of the earth just where you are. You can make a difference in another’s life with just simple things.
Jesus gave us the wonderful parable of the five talents, the background however, was derived from the end times and how things would be like. He says that there was a man who went on a journey and called his five servants and entrusted them with his property. “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money” (Matthew 25:15-19).
“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 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.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 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.’ “(Matthew 25:20-23).
The unfortunate part is that he who received only one talent did nothing with it but rather hid it under the ground and returned it as it was to his master. He said he was afraid of his master and so buried the only talent he had received instead of keeping it in the bank for it to generate interest for his master. The master perceived him as lazy and so took the talent and gave it to another who made more. The Bible ends this parable by saying “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 25:29).
We need to use the gifts, talents, abilities and skills that God has given us as the more we apply them the more they increase. When you have knowledge, wisdom and experience and utilise them, they expand; you appreciate how much of these you have acquired over a period of time and are able to assist others and pass on the baton. The pool of knowledge therefore enlarges and the people you have taught are able to teach others as well. There is never any lack of skills in a certain trade as a result.
The Bible also says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen”. Peter 4:10-11
Gratitude works exactly the same, the more you thank God for the things you have the more He does for you. He increases what He has entrusted you with because you show appreciation. You receive more gifts and favours all over the place even from unexpected areas. Your gratitude doesn’t only benefit you but also benefit everyone you come into contact with. Your positive attitude creates an aura around you that is attractive to others and they are more than willing to assist you as well without you even asking sometimes. The Bible says that “give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
When you give, you receive multiplied. When you give of your talents you realise the wealth of knowledge and abilities you have; when you give of your money, you get it back, multiplied; when you give of your time, it miraculously extends. When you give anything in your life, you recognise how much you did have already and what you have grows. All other areas of your life improves and goodness come rushing towards you and overtakes you because you are a grateful, giving person. Giving from the heart full of gratitude really fills your barns for the Bible says “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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