Patricia Mina Kelly Asante-Beecham arrived early this morning Ghana time and she's already a light to the world. You can tell she's already dreaming about butterfly kisses. Mother and baby are doing good!
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
15 He gave five bags of silver* to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 "The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.
17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.
18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money.
19 "After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, `Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.'
21 "The master was full of praise. `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!*'
22 "The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, `Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.'
23 "The master said, `Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'
24 "Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, `Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate.
25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.'
26 "But the master replied, `You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops I didn't cultivate,
27 why didn't you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.'
28 "Then he ordered, `Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.
29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Everybody has something, and we have what we have according to what our abilities can handle.
Reasons why people do not use their talents
1.. Fear vrs 25 , So I was afraid and went out and hid my agent in the ground.
Fear is an evil spirit which paralyses Christians into inactivity. Perhaps it is one of the greatest forces that keep people from taking up their agents and using them.
2. Hiding your Gifts vrs 25 , so I was afraid and went out and hid my talent in the ground
3. A Fault finding Attitude verse 24, Then the man who had received the one talent came, Master , he said, I knew that you are a harden, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
The gentlemen with one talent did nothing because he found fault with the master who sent him forth. He described his as a hard man who benefited from things he did not deserve.
Fault finding is a common characteristics of fruitless and inactive people. Instead of getting involved in the work of God, they sit back and analyse others who are fighting hard to do something for God. It is not difficult to find fault with someone or something if you are looking for it.
And what will you find about people who are striving to serve the Lord? Fault , Fault Fault
But the fault you find will only become the reason for you to withhold your own abilities.
Why even bother to look for faults in God's servant? God did not choose angels to work For Him.
Stop focusing on the faults of others and focus on what you can do for God.
Can you imagine if someone decided to focus on your inadequacies and shortcomings? You would not stand a chance.
This story teaches us that those who focus on the fault of the leader did nothing but those who focused on the task before them became fruitful and multiplied.