Serving before Kings

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” (Pro 22:29) We are all given a fixed amount of gifts and talents. They are allocated for a purpose, in that we all have a role to play and a part to fulfill. They do come, however, with some responsibility. Raw talent can only get us so far. The one with some talent will go way past the one with much unless the one with more learns diligence and applies him or herself. We are called to take what God has given us and to hone and develop it with the gifts He has bestowed on us. Training and learning are not self-interest pastimes; they are the building blocks of servanthood. If we are well equipped and prepared, we can serve effectively and be productive. Then we will be taken to new heights and given even greater opportunity to serve. Quick Prayer: I commit to developing the skills You have given me so I may serve You well. Amen.

Giving and Hearing

“And said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Act 10:31)

This almost sounds like an Old Testament Scripture. Surely our relationship with God is solely based on the forgiveness appropriated by Jesus? Yes, it is; you are quite correct. Yet just as we are forgiven in the measure we forgive others, so God sees our gifts to the poor and other acts and is moved and motivated by the evidence of a transformed heart.

When we are faithful, we are given more. We still reap what we sow even in this time of God’s grace. There are consequences for actions, and He does still test our motivations and obedience. These are not popular concepts, but I have found them to still be true.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You listen to me as I listen and act well toward others. Amen.