Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
God has put something in all of us that He wants us to take care of. We each have an ability that is unique and useful for the multiplication of God’s Kingdom.
Matthew 25:14-15 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Talents
14 “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. 15 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.
God gives us according to our own ability. Our ability is not only the gift that God has given us but also our faith. The amount of faith we have can determine what we reap. Nothing is impossible with God, so when we limit our expectations and our prayers to what we think is possible, we also limit what we will receive. It is our faith that activates the blessing.
When we serve God, he instructs us and orders our steps. When we put our trust in Him and are faithful to His instructions (no matter what it looks like), we command the blessing. The key is that we must wait for the season of reaping.
The servant with 5 and 2 talents invested what they were given so that it may increase. The servant who was given 1 talent was afraid and hid what he was given. The enemy will always attack us with fear in what we are called to invest. If you are called to sing, he might place a fear of singing in front of people. If you are called to speak, he might attack you with low self-esteem. If you have a gift of giving, he might try to place a spirit of greed or hoarding on you. If you are called to administrate, he might cause everything around you to have disorder. We must push past the fears that cause us to hide our gifts. God doesn’t take away our gifts, but he will give our portion of increase to those who are not afraid to invest them. When we refuse to do our assignment, God will give it to someone else. We have to push forward in faith and use what God has given us for His glory.
Esther 4:14 (NKJV)
14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther’s job was to be a good wife to the king. She had his ear along with favor and influence. If she would have been too afraid to speak for her people, God would have sent someone else to usher in deliverance. The assignment would have been accomplished, but her and her bloodline would have perished. Instead blessing and increase came to her, her family, and her people by her obedience.
Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)
21 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.’
Being a stay at home Mom with 3 of my 5 being toddlers, I don’t get out much. My sphere of influence is limited to my home, my church, and this blog. It took me 2 years to start writing after God told me to do it. I didn’t know where to begin. By the grace of God I built this website and am still learning. I don’t know who I am reaching or where I am planting, but I know that God gives the increase. His instructions were to be consistent. So even when I don’t feel like it or struggle with what to write about, I do it. I sit at my computer and pray. He always gives me something to say, so I must believe that it is serving His purpose.
Don’t worry about God’s part. Just be obedient and He will give the increase. Don’t be discouraged by the few things that you have been given. God is about to reward you with more. He is giving you new strength by entering into His joy. He is increasing your territory because you have been faithful.
If you have been hiding your gifts, it is not too late. God can give increase to even those who come at the last hour. Ask God for instructions and move forward by faith!
Matthew 20:12 (NKJV)
12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’
God has enough for all of us. We must all stay focused on our own assignment and not get caught up in what he is doing for others!
Father, we thank You for increase. Forgive us for wanting to give up do to weariness. Forgive us for hiding our gifts out of fear. We want to walk boldly into our assignment by faith. We want to be faithful over everything that You give us. We don’t want our assignment to be given to another due to our own disobedience. We want to enter into Your joy. Help us endure until it is time to reap. We trust You and expect the blessing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!