Psalm 139:1-14 (ESV)
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
I really like music. Sometimes I wish I could make it. I can make many things. The Lord has blessed me with a lot of abilities. I just don’t have the ability to make music in such a way that others will enjoy it. I can’t carry a tune even with a bucket. But there are others that have the ability to make music that is pleasing, and worshipful. There are people who can just create music with what appears to be zero effort. When I consider all that I CAN do, I am amazed at all the blessings I have been given. I need to remain focused on how God has blessed me, not think about the things that I cannot do.
The Scriptures tell us that God has given many talents to some, few talents to others. Whatever our talents are, we are told to use them for God’s Glory. We are to apply ourselves to doing what will gain interest for our Master. If we fail to use our talents, they dwindle. We will find ourselves explaining to our God why we squandered what He gave us. Today as you go about your life, ponder that. Wonder about how wonderfully we are made. God made you for a purpose, and with talents and abilities to share with others. Using our talents for God and for the benefit of others will grow interest on our account. God will be pleased. We do not gain or lose heaven by this, but God says He will reward the faithful. I want to be faithful. I want to please my Master.
What about you? How will you serve God and your fellow man today? How will you use your talents to gain interest?
by Virgil Stripes