Wasted Opportunities

God has gifted us in so many wonderful ways! Yes, even those who feel like they have no talent to offer for His glory, or perhaps no money to give towards His ministries, or no encouragement to pass along to another hurting soul. But have you stopped to consider that God may have given you precisely what you need for the circumstances in which you will find yourself? Let’s consider the Word today and remind ourselves of what we are doing with what we have been gifted with. Consider your gifts as an investment from God, use them diligently to bring great returns for Him and His kingdom!

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2021-04-03
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Matthew 25:23; 26; 30
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant!…..
30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

OBSERVATION: God has gifted us in so many wonderful ways! Yes, even those who feel like they have no talent to offer for His glory, or perhaps no money to give towards His ministries, or no encouragement to pass along to another hurting soul. But have you stopped to consider that God may have given you precisely what you need for the circumstances in which you will find yourself? Let’s consider the Word today and remind ourselves of what we are doing with what we have been gifted with. Consider your gifts as an investment from God, use them diligently to bring great returns for Him and His kingdom!

APPLICATION: After reading the theme of today’s devotional, what did your mind go on? Was it a missed opportunity at work? Or perhaps something at church? Or even something with one of your kids, or your spouse? Hopefully as you read the Scripture, you smiled with pride as you recalled hearing similar words as those used by Jesus in verse 23. No doubt there would have been a gut-wrenching feeling if you ever heard similar words as those used by Jesus in verse 26. No matter what your first thoughts were, I am hoping that the Word of God will remind us today that God has showered many gifts upon His children, and I believe that He wants to see us all reach a stage in life where He might encourage us with the same words that we read in verse 23. For you see, we are His creation, and He never created ’junk’. We are made in His likeness, and He is totally perfect in every way. God has a place already prepared for us in Heaven, so I believe that He would dread ever having to tell us (His created ones made just like Himself) ‘go away, for you have been a useless servant’. So what then shall our role be in properly responding to all that God has given us? I believe we should start with being very careful with the excuses we come up with. Notice that the last servant had many excuses as to why he didn’t properly invest the money/talent given to him, and notice in verses 24 and 25 that all of the excuses pertained to someone else – the master. I have served on Pastor Search Committees, as well as Nominating Committees. In each case our teams have totally bathed the volunteer or pastoral needs of the church in many moments of prayer, so when we began asking individuals, we felt like God was lead us to that individual to fill a particular position. While some were anxious to use their talents, many found excuse after excuse why they couldn’t, especially in the area of ability. Friends I have learned over the years that God is desperately looking for our availability, so that He might work miraculously through us to fulfill the needs of His ministry. The power of the almighty working through us is way more valuable to the kingdom than anything we could do of our own wisdom or learning from mankind. For only God can touch hearts and change lives from the hold of Satan, to one that is lead by the Holy Spirit. We must simply be willing to see God, through His transforming power, change individuals For His glory. I believe that my responsibility today is to encourage you to listen closely to the Master. He has gifted you to do things that are not suited for me, and He is waiting for you to tell Him when you are ready to proceed with the work He has prepared for you. Each of us have a choice, and most of us are tempted by the evil one to always look at the work of the Lord negatively. Please don’t let Satan win you over. You have a God who loves you and who wants to see you rejoice in His accomplishments because of our usefulness here on earth.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for Your mercies on me! Thank You Father that one of your obedient servants knelt by my side at an altar and showed me the way to heaven. There are many that I may come into contact with today that may have that same need. Please help me to never develop excuses for anything You might direct of me, for You can do ALL things. Thank You for investing in me the talents and desire to serve others with a view of accepting You as their Savior. May I always give in to Your direction and allow Your words to be delivered through my lips, so that Your personalized message for Your children will be accurately delivered in the spirit that You desire. Lord, please also anoint my readers so that these words that I share from You might bring forth fruit for the kingdom. For it’s in Your name alone that I ask these things. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Under Whose Power?

May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………

Today’s Bible Reference: Acts 4:7–12
Today’s Bible Text: 7 They stood Peter and John in the middle of the room and grilled them: “Who put you in charge here? What business do you have doing this?” 8–12  With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”
The Bible Translation: The Message (MSG)

My Take Away: I want you to consider for a moment that you visited a sick person recently and you prayed with them while visiting, and you heard over recent visits that the person was miraculously healed! I want you to consider that a lame person came to your church yesterday and from all accounts, after prayer over them, the person walked out of the building on their own, without even a limp. I want you to also consider that the friend you visited in prison last week, and prayed with about his release, is now back in town living and worshipping with his family. I’m sure you will agree that these things will ‘light up’ any church service, as it will open the doors to much celebration. However, today being Monday, as it is, you walk into your place of employment and notice the smile on your coworkers faces, as they ask you to explain how your weekend went, and did anything exciting happen for you over the past few days. Do you feel like you are ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’, and would use the opportunity to share the precious intervention of Jesus Christ in the areas of your life touched by the above incidents? Will you be bold enough to attribute every success of these things to God, and not to mere circumstances, or a new drug that one of the sick individuals possibly switched to? It is very evident that Peter ‘jumped all over this opportunity mentioned in today’s scripture’ and used this wide-opened opportunity to share not only the source of the healing power of Jesus Christ, but went on to tell the leaders how they might know that Jesus of whom he spoke! Is there anything in the scripture that gives you the impression that Peter got nervous about his exhortation? Do you have preconceived ideas about what would hinder you from sharing with your non-Christian coworkers? What would really come under question by your coworkers, is the ‘religion’ that you have been claiming to them all along. Is it for real? Is it real enough that you would speak up under intimidation? Friends, this may seem like a very simple and possibly unrealistic scenarios that I have given to you, yet we face similar situations every day. Friends, if it’s really in you, there should be a freedom and boldness that will enable you to freely express yourself to anyone that asks. If not, may I encourage you to seek power from on high that would enable these open doors for you? After all, would there be any regrets sitting at the friend’s funeral knowing that you failed on an opportunity to share Christ with that person? Let’s learn to not live with regrets!

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for Your awesome power, and for Your willingness to work in the lives of individuals that we touch daily. Thank You for allowing us to be a witness to these miracles, and thank You for the opportunities that will arise today that will challenge the sincerity of relationships with You. Please embolden us to be Your witness in spite of the challenges we might face with our pride. Lord, as we bear Your banner and lift You up in our churches, may we also use that same boldness to share with our unsaved loved ones and friends as they question. May You be Lord in every aspect of our lives, not just in those comfortable and convenient places, and may You receive glory for every word or action that may come from us today. I ask these things in the STRONG name of Jesus, AMEN!

Footnote: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

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