Are You Using Yours?
Since I’m living in a situation without many distractions I seem to hear the Lord’s voice more clearly (those day-to-day distractions will always impede your ability to hear) and this is one thing the Holy Spirit said to me as I woke up: “Your talents have been buried – now is the time to use them for the Kingdom.” I wrote it in my journal.
I have been consciously working on doing the things He’s asked me to concentrate on, but I have been using my natural talents and giftings which don’t require much risk or getting out of my comfort zone. (I’m just being very vulnerable here.) When I heard this word from the Lord I felt no condemnation or guilt, only love and encouragement to start walking outside of my own personal box. I felt like I really needed to pray about what it was that He was actually requiring of me and to find out what my heavenly talents were.
So I went back through all my journals to find everything that had been spoken to me by the Lord, prophetic words, dreams, and encouragement that others had seen in me. Honestly, I have developed the ones that I could, but the ones that really put me on the edge of stepping out in more faith were the ones that I had “buried”. (Journaling is an excellent reminder of all that God has said to you.) My heart is to be clear and open to the Lord and if I am not responding to Him the way that I should, I pray, repent, and try to walk in the grace to change.
My encouragement to you today is to ask the Lord what He’s given you and begin to walk by faith and not by sight, to do those things that will bear fruit and give you a passport to His heavenly Will.
Be brave and encourage yourself in the Lord.
Here is the scriptures about talents:
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.'” Matthew 25: 14-29