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05/16/2012

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Don't Stay On The Porch


"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in a few things; I will put you in charge of many things" (Matt.25:21).

When we consider the reliability and faithfulness of God and Jesus, we might ask a personal question or two. Just what is it the they expect from me? Today's verse is found in the middle of one of Jesus' parables. It is the one we know as The Parable of the Talents. The man who had been entrusted with five talents of money had doubled it at the master's return. Today's verse is the master's response to him. Although a talent in those days referred to an amount of money, I have always liked to imagine it was talking about an ability of some kind. In return for His faithfulness, I think that Jesus would like us to use our talents and abilities to the greatest degree possible. The man who was given one talent buried it in the ground and gave it back to the master upon his return. Like Moses at the burning bush, the man had an excuse for his action. (or inaction)....Excuses displease God! I think that he wants us to run with the big dogs rather than stay on the porch....For every excuse that we come up with, God can provide a way for us to be faithful! "Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much" (Lk.16:10). I think he wants us to start small and work our way up. After all, if we can't be trusted with the small stuff, how can we be considered reliable when the going gets tough? I have a wonderful verse from the pen of Jeremiah for you to contemplate today that ought to help get us off the porch..."If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?" (12:5).....Hmmmmmm.....

Have a wonderful day....Think big, start small.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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