Matthew 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. (The whole parable can be read here http://is.gd/g2t97)
Yesterday I spoke about how by not being obedient to God’s will we might cause a brother or sister to also not follow in His will. Today another thought came to mind that I wanted to share.
While we can choose to not do God’s will, which could effect another’s life, too, our disobedience will not thwart God’s sovereign plan. In the parable of the talents I believe this well illustrated: God will pass us over and give to another our duty if we insist on not following Him.
For years I just figured that the talents in the parable, which represent our God-given talents and gifts, were some sort of coin. In fact, they are actually very large “chunks” of precious metal. Depending on the exact type of talent and the material they are made of, in today’s value one would be worth $5-6 million; hardly a coin! Obviously the Lord considers the gifts and talents He’s given us valuable. The question is, do we value them as much as He intends for us to?
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
I’m home from church late tonight. After services I had to take my son to the garage to pick up his car. It had been cutting out on him the last few days, nearly dying when ever he let off the accelerator. As I thought, one of the vacuum lines had dry rotted. It really is funny to think as many complicated systems as there are in a vehicle that one small hose, that doesn’t even carry any of the fluids, can totally paralyze it.
The church, especially on the local level, is very much the same way. Scripture compares it to a body, each member serving a vital function that without one it can be totally halted. Have you ever really thought about that concept? I mean really, deeply pondered it? Recently I’ve had reason to and it has given me a greater appreciation for the analogy.
Think of this: By your obedience to God’s will you could greatly impact another brother or sisters actions. If God places something on your heart to do, your doing, or not doing, what He has placed upon you might make the difference in another action that your brother/sister is called to do. And by your action or inaction you play an integral part in God’s plan going forward as He plans.
I have been blessed to see the Lord work in a mighty and powerful way in my life and my family’s live over the last few weeks. And I have learned a lesson that I already knew: God works best when we get out of the way.
As hard as it is at times, we have to back away from what we think ought to be done and just be obedient to His way and time. It will ne perfect if we will do that, as His ways and times always are. Scripture says that obedience is better than sacrifice. Sometimes we still need to make the sacrifice but we need to do it on His terms and times for Him to bless it, thus being obedient before sacrifice.