Day 8

Lord Jesus Christ, speak to me.

Today’s Scripture
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

The 7th of eight core values at The Bridge is:

God is Honored in Excellence.
We value excellence and integrity in all areas of ministry.

Jesus once told a story about a man who was going away for a journey. Before leaving, he gave a certain amount of “talents” (a talent was a unit of currency worth more than $1000.00) to each of his servants. To one he gave five talents. To another, two talents. To the last, he gave one talent. The story never says that the man ever instructed the servants about what to do with the talents. It only says that he “entrusted” his property to them. The servant with 5 talents put them to work and produce 5 more. The man with two also doubled his talents. But the man with one talent went out and worked really hard and produced 20 talents. No, not really. You know the story. The man with one talent went and hid his talent and it produced nothing. And he was disciplined for not making use of the money he had received. But wouldn’t it be a better story if the man with one talent had gone out and done something amazing with it?

The point is that each of us has been entrusted with many things from God. Time, talents, and treasure. You may be a five “talent” guy or gal. Or maybe you’re just a one talent guy or gal. The point, again, is that you’re talented! (pun intended!) And God wants you to do the best you can with what He has given you. I surely don’t want to hear the rebuke from God that the one talent guy received from his master – “You wicked and lazy servant!” Ouch. God is honored in excellence. However many “talents” you have received from God, put them to use! Reproduce them! Share them. Serve others with them. Help to build God’s kingdom. Work hard at home, school, and work. Do your best. God is worthy of that kind of effort!

About mikewindley

Mike Windley is Lead Pastor of The Bridge Community Church in Morrisville, NC.
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