Thursday, May 8, 2014

Living with the opportunity

Matthew 25:14-15

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.”

This passage has been such a difficult thing to figure out. It has been something that I have been dealing with and something that I have been longing to understand. Many people see that as that God gives you talents and you got to take your talents and live for God. But what are talents. It has been explained talent to be either your real talents, or money, or something God gives you. However, there is a distinction between talent and ability here. After reading this commentary (http://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/matthew/living-dangerously) it seems that things make more sense here. Talent, the way we know talent, according to this passage is ability, and talent as referred to in this setting is opportunity. The property owner (God) gives each of us an opportunity (talent) to do His work according to our ability. What we do with this opportunity is our gift back to God.

This changes the way I look at life. You see, now as I look back things begin to make sense. The commentary brought up that if God really wanted to he our “bad breaks” or what some called, “a series of unfortunate events” and even our “lucky breaks” “golden opportunity” all comes from God. What we do with the opportunity is what God looks for. I have the opportunity to do God’s work, then I should go for it. Whatever the opportunity comes before me, I need to barnes that opportunity for the Lord. I need to give it all to God. That is what the Lord is looking for. He is looking for us who are given the opportunity to do it. If you have much, much will be expected. God gives opportunity. What we do with is our gift back to God.

Lord thank you for opportunity. Help me to see it and double it to bring glory back to You.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Steadfast love of God

Psalms 106:1

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

This is a crazy kind of love. It is the kind of love that does not let go. No matter how unfaithful or how terrible it is, God will not let go of Israel. I read a commentary saying this is what the Hebrew word “chesed” which refers when God talks about his people Israel. It is a covenant word, between God and His people. Which is sort of crazy. If you think about it, it is crazy that He even loves us. It is His nature to love us, but it is also in his nature to be holy and just. We are not allowed in His presence due to our sin, but because of His love for us, He provided a way.

This is very amazing and at the same time, just unbelievable. It just doesn’t make sense. The more I ponder this, I just find it unbelievable. I mean we are all crazy people. We ignore God, we betray Him, we do our own thing, we never get it right, but for some odd reason, He sent His son who died for us so that we could be with Him forever. That has got to be love. If you sit down and just think of this logically, it makes no sense. When you think of His steadfast love for us, then it is the only reason why this would make sense.

Lord, this concept of your steadfast love is absolutely mind boggling. I cannot fathom it. I’m sitting in awe of it.