Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?… (Luke 19:23).
When I was 16 years old, my parents gave me a car. A car that I shared with my twin sister and the car my older brother had driven previously, but it was a car nonetheless. Even though my parents were the one who had paid for that car, I acted as if it was fully mine.
Everything we have been given in this life is on loan from God to us. We own almost nothing, therefore, we must learn to be good stewards of all God has entrusted to us. It is, after all, His money, His treasure, His talents and abilities bestowed to us on loan from Him. Sometimes I forget that it’s God that gave me the abilities and gifts that I have.
Therefore, everything I do must be done unto the Lord, not onto Heather. This is why is so ridiculous that we would ever think for a moment that one of our goals in life would be to make a great name for ourselves. This only exposes a deep idol within our hearts that wants to be something special in the eyes of people. I’ll be honest, sometimes when I do things, and I did this just the other day, I want people to recognize me, not God. I want them to be impressed by what I do, not the one who gave me the ability to do it….ouch…
Praise God that He doesn’t place us on the shelf every time our thoughts and actions become prideful. I do believe its true that God gives more Kingdom work for the humble of heart. Therefore, we must approach each moment, each opportunity to use our giftedness as a chance to put God on display. Lord, please, let this be true of my life.
God, you are so good. I have everything I need in you. Truly, you are a good and mighty God. The gifts, talents, time, treasure and abilities you have given me are for the purpose of putting you on display in me. Forgive me when I make it about me, in Jesus name, Amen.