After writing a comment on Sara Washburns Facebook
page about Christianity yesterday, I suddenly felt more
renewed to post here in ActiveRain.
To be frank I am still getting my feet wet around here and
even though my posts are getting better statistics, I still
feel like a new born puppy learning to sniff around again.
Please be patient with me while I find my blogging legs
again. I promise my blogs will continue to get better as time
goes on. I have heard it written and said that practice makes
perfect. My blogs will NOT be perfect, but I am hoping they
will be more readable, educational and entertaining for you!
This weeks "Sabbath Gleanings" almost did not happen again.
I just could not find a good topic to post on, since to me there
was nothing worthwhile to blog about.
THEN I took a look at MY LIFE.
Uhoh... I said to myself..... THERE is a blog just waiting to be
I have always been transparent about when I had a need or
went through a situation in my life that I thought others
could benefit from.
BUT...... my ongoing life as a BLOG??!!??
I was AND AM STILL hesitant about letting it all hang out.
BUT... that STILL SMALL VOICE had other things to talk to
me about. Have you ever been so convinced YOU could NEVER
be an inspiration to others you were stopped cold in your
tracks and ended up doing absolutely NOTHING??
Well, THAT thought and principle came into my heart and
mind lately. I actually BELIEVED it to be true, since on the outside,
my life was in a shambles. I believed I could NEVER be an
inspiration to others again because my life was ruined (in my
Little did I know The Lord had different things in store for me.
All the while my life was seemingly "upside down" I kept on
looking for people to minister to:
- A guy who had issues with his girlfriend and accepted
the Lord after talking to me and praying to become a Christian.
- The guys brother opening up to me about how religion had
been forced on him in his youth.
- Having conversations with other employees at work about
what it meant to be a Christian.
- Seeing a new landlord and his girlfriend go through painful
times and praying for them to get things right...... and as a
result they are progressing in things.
- Getting to know a new broker to work with in the future who
is a Christian and is someone I can trust.
- Attending a church where the leadership KNOWS the deep
things of God and they understand MY life and what I am
The simple message of this post is this:
Your life, if you are a Christian, is NOT about how much money you make, what car you drive, what toys you have or even if you are married or not or what social circles you move in.
It's all about living the way Jesus our Messiah lived while he was on earth so long ago. When you are born again spiritually by accepting Jesus as your LORD and Messiah and confessing and repenting of your sinful habits, you have a measure of Gods Spirit deposited inside you as a "down-payment", proving you are one of His sons or daughters.
What YOU DO with that down-payment is your gift to God and to Jesus, when our Creator tells our Messiah to take the earth from Lucifer's rule and to set up the RIGHTFUL kingdom originally set up to rule this planet.
WILL YOU cultivate that talents God has deposited in YOU?
OR are you so caught up with the THINGS you have,
that His Kingdom takes a back seat OR no seat at all?
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. Luke 9:22-24
Parable of the Talents
"For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
"Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents."In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more."But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
"Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
"The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
"Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
"But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
Parable of the sower:
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.(Hard hearted people)
"Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil."But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. (Those who get persecuted because of the changes in their lives and they fall away)
"Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. (Those who are fixated on things in their lives)
"And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (Those who by patent enduance bring forth a crop to Gods glory)
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