I was strolling around the backyard this morning- baby Henry on my hips. I was thanking God for the many things in my life that I am grateful for. My house, our town. My precious son in my arms.
As I was soaking in the beauty of Spring, I was reflecting on how God wants us to be faithful with the gifts and talents He has entrusted to each of us.
My story is simple, and hopefully very relatable. I have struggled that I don’t seem to have many talents or gifts. I see and admire many gifts in those around me, however the only notable gift I have is encouraging others. I’m not trying to have a pity party, but that was all I could highlight in my life.
Over the years, God has also given me a love for praying for others, too. So- I can pray and encourage others. I also am asking God for the gift of prophecy, which I’ve heard is an encouraging/encouragement gift in itself.
Here’s the thing: because I love Jesus, I want to be faithful with the small things He has given me. Like the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish in John 6: 1-14, I want to be willing to give my gifts back to God to bless and multiply them. Prayer and encouragement may not be the gifts I would have asked for, but when I use them for His glory- they can be such a blessing!
The incredible thing I love about our Heavenly Father is that He requires us to be faithful with what he has given us. Not in a religious or demanding way, but one day we must stand before our God to give an account of our lives. On that day, each of us desire to hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)
The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14 -30, is a powerful reminder for us to be faithful with what has been entrusted to us.
God is good. His ways are so much higher than our ways! I think that God knows that we need a little motivation some times. He wants us to live life abundantly! There is joy in the purpose of being faithful. If my life was entirely my own to do as I pleased, and being responsible to use my talents didn’t matter to God….I wouldn’t necessarily live my life to my full potential in the things of God. I wouldn’t get to discover how God could use my gift to bless others.
You see, when God leads me to pray for someone or encourage someone, sometimes I lack the courage to step out in faith. Some days, I feel self conscious or embarrassed. Yet, because I know that God wants me to use the gifts he has grown in my life- I over ride my fears and respond to God’s desires.
The joy that follows my obedience or faithfulness is worth any discomfort I temporarily felt! If I pray for someone who God has highlighted to me, afterwards I always experience such joy in the Lord! I immediately want to praise God for the opportunity! I praise Him for the gift of prayer!
Isn’t that odd? From a human perspective…
If it wasn’t a God-given desire to pray for someone, then you would imagine I would feel distressed that God made me feel awkward or gave me a task that pushed me out of my comfort zone. If it wasn’t a God moment, praising God would seem like an unusual response.
I love this verse above. I used to assume it meant that if I delight myself in the Lord, He would bless we with what my heart desires and wanted. However, as I read this scripture I now think that it has another truth hidden in this verse. I have found that as I delight myself in the Lord, he plants His desires into my heart. God gives me His desires. The desire to encourage others and to pray for them.
I want to be faithful with the gifts and talents He has given me. I eagerly desire to use the things he has grown in my life to bring glory to His name. I praise God that He has taken a young woman who was to afraid to even pray with my husband at first, to a woman who finds joy in praying for anyone who God allows me to pray for! I pray for strangers, and see God touching their lives! I get to witness and be part of God’s plan to love on people.
Yesterday blew me away. In fact, I feel like it will be a defining moment in my life. I was at the park with a friend, and my 5 children. I also got to chat with 2 adult sisters who were at the park, each with their 3 kids. In conversation, I learnt that one of the ladies had moved suburbs from Elizabeth Downs to Tanunda. Let’s call her Amanda. 😊
As time passed, I felt a growing desire to pray for Amanda and her sister. I was timid in my own heart, but courageous in my spirit. I have been asking God for opportunities to live a life of faith, so I wanted to embrace any moment He offered me.
I warmly went up to Amanda and asked if she would allow me to pray for her. She looked uncomfortable, or unsure. I reassured her. “I’m not going to do anything scary. I would just love to ask God to bless you and your family in this new season of your life here!” She said: “Yeah, if you want”. It wasn’t an enthusiastic response, but it was the consent I needed to hear.
I prayed. I thanked God for bringing her to the Barrossa Valley, after a 12 year wait for a housing trust home. I asked God to bless Amanda with new friends, and that her children would enjoy their new school.” The astonishing thing was that after I finished my simple prayer- Amanda was crying! I hugged her and asked her about her tears. She couldn’t speak, and was overcome by emotion. I asked her: “Hasn’t anyone ever prayed for you before?” She shook her head in response: never.
I then moved my gaze towards Amanda’s sister. She was weeping too. I asked her what had brought her to tears. She said that what I had prayed was exactly what Amanda needed- friends. She thanked me. We hugged and after a moment or two- I bidded them farewell.
Who could have ever anticipated that my prayer would cause 2 ladies to openly weep in public. I only prayed. God did the rest! His love and care for their hearts caused the tears. I didn’t give the gospel message to them, but something happened in their hearts in that moment. Seeing their response changed me, too. It grew my faith! I would pray for every person before me if I knew that God would use it to touch their hearts! Wouldn’t you?
So if you are like me, and only have a “minor” gift….or abilities less attractive than the talents of others around you. Take heart! Be encouraged! God can take the little you have and turn it into something that beings you tremendous joy! Step out in faith, be faithful with what you can do. Don’t believe that God hasn’t given you “enough”, but ask Him to give you opportunities to use what He has placed inside of you!
Love always Kelly xx