BE THE ANSWER

TITLE: BE THE ANSWER

BY: CHAPLAIN LARRY FLANNARY

Be wise “prioritize” (part 1a )

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Champions…trust God while others ask for answers.  They step forward while everyone else prays for volunteers.

***Be the Answer***

Walking down a city street in the dead of winter, a young minister passed a small boy—homeless and skinny, his clothing threadbare. He stood for a moment and watched as the boy huddled over a street gate, trying to absorb the heat from the subway tunnel below. “God!” the minister exclaimed in his frustration at the sight of the shivering child. “Why do You allow this? Why don’t You do something? Don’t You care?” He heard the Lord’s voice say to his spirit, “I do care, and I have done something about it. I created you and sent you here.” Don’t question the problem or why it’s there. Question what you might do to bring about an answer!

Be the AnswerIf You Have It, Work It!

Your faithfulness in handling what God has given to you will determine your success.

Being the Answer means that you make a commitment to take your gifts that have been given by God and employ those gifts in the opportunities that He will bring your way.

PARABLE OF THE TALENTS 

Matthew 25:14-29 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.  (15)  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.  (16)  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. (17)  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  (18)  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.  (19)  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.  (20)  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  (21)  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  (22)  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.  (23)  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  (24)  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:  (25)  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  (26)  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:  (27)  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. (28)  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.  (29)  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

This is one of the classic parables of Jesus that illustrates a timeless truth. The picture He paints with His words illustrates the dynamic reality that God has given talents to each of us.

He equips us for our lives—here and there. The utilization of His gifts blesses us here, and rewards us there.

In discussing the issue of gifts, there is a question that will arise periodically and ultimately: What did you do with the gifts of God?

The interesting thing that I have discovered is that often God will use the situations of life to ask us this question over and over again.

Will God allow the circumstance of my life to question me about if and how I am using His gifts?  YES!

The demand of life is going to force us to reach for every gift God gives. God allows for this demand to exist to align us properly to our destiny.

It is quite evident that often our pain comes as a result of not having walked in the gifts of God.

What are your priorities?  

What are you doing with the gifts, talents and abilities that God has given you? 

(To Be Continued….)

 

CHAPLAIN LARRY FLANNARY

KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

 

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