I have procrastinated and pushed back a lot that has been placed in my spirit because of laziness and sometimes because I have been too ‘busy’. Quite frankly, being busy is no longer an excuse because the Lord has been dealing with me seriously when it comes to this area/aspect of my life. I get so overwhelmed with several things and neglect the assignment that God has given me. Now the world says ‘to whom much is given much is expected’ but that would mean that you are expected to give back exactly what you were given. In the kingdom of God, however, that’s not how it works. I have come to realize that to whom much is given, much greater is expected.
I don’t want to assume we all know the parable (a natural story that explains a spiritual reality) of the talent …
(Matthew 25:14-30) 14 “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.’
There are so many lessons to learn from this scripture that I don’t even know where to begin. However, Ill say this, it is wickedness in the eyes of God to receive a gift from God and do nothing with it. God rejoices and celebrates with us when we produce fruits. It is in our divine nature to BE FRUITFUL, MULTIPLY, SUBDUE, FILL AND HAVE DOMINION. There’s no reason why we should lag behind as we have the grace to function in the capacity that God expects of us. We are not useful when we function below this divine order.
There’s absolutely no excuse, I mean remember the story of the fig tree that Jesus ‘cursed’ because it had no fruit. The bible does say that it wasn’t the season for figs YET Jesus expected it to bare fruit IN AND OUT of season (MARK !!:12-25). My dear, there’s no excuse. Your schedule isn’t the tightest neither are you the busiest. Invest time in your gifts. Your life is a gift from God and what you do with it is your gift to God. He rejoices when there’s fruitfulness! Get useful. Else, it will be taken from you.
I have now decided that I wont get too busy or my schedule wont become too tight to carry out my kingdom assignment. Afterall I should be busy carrying out my Heavenly Father’s business. I reminded myself why I started this blog in the first place. It wasn’t with any coercion or ‘I just want to be a blogger’ mindset. It came as a result of fellowshipping with God, spending time with His word and a genuine desire to share this revelation with others. That cant change because God is the centre of my being. I exist because of Him and in Him through Christ.
I admonish anyone reading this to please not get ‘too busy’ for God that we neglect the things that should be of primary importance. Lets have a change of focus. We are going to be accountable some day for what God made available to us. Gods expecting a Return on Investment.
We all know what our gifts may be, make good use of it for the furtherance of the kingdom. Its wickedness to do otherwise. If your schedule is too tight how about you loosen it. Infact let God dominate your schedule. That way you can give God your best. Its not by our own strength or power but by the Spirit of God that lives in us. For those who don’t know where to start or what their ‘gift’ is. Start where you are. Start with your life. It’s a gift. Submit it to God and He’ll instruct you on what to do with it.
Dear God, Help me to keep my gaze on you and remove everything in my life that distracts me from your divine purpose. Lord, teach me to use all that you’ve given me to to its fullness and thank you for the grace to function according to the divine order. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.