Our Talents

Read Matthew 25:14 -30 - The story of the talents.

"For the man who uses well what he is given shall be given more, and he shall have abundance. But from the man who is unfaithful, even what little responsibility he has shall be taken from him." Matthew 25:29 (TLB)

Keith Hailey is from Kansas. Despite being raised by loving Christian parents, he began drinking at age 16. Soon after, he added drugs to the mix and spent the next 26 years in a stupor. When he received a court order to attend recovery meetings. Keith finally got sober. During one such gathering, Keith started reading sections of the Bible and letting God speak to him through the reading.

One day he started reading about the man with one talent. The master was displeased because the man did nothing with it. Keith knew then that it was time to start using the "talent" that God had given him - his wonderful singing voice. For over 20 years now, Keith has been singing God's praises regularly at church and the local nursing home. Each time he sings, God blesses him anew. The joy he gets from singing far out-weighs any that alcohol or drugs could produce.

These last two years, being able to sing during health problems has kept Keith looking forward to better days. God saved him from himself by helping him to use his talent in God's service. He is thankful for the opportunities to sing praises to God's name.

What talent do you have and do you use it for God's glory? It doesn't have to be singing. It could be your a prayer warrior, a peace maker, a healer, a teacher, or a good listener. Whatever you do, do in the name of the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, show us how to use the talents we have been given to bless others as you have blessed us, in Jesus' name, amen.

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