In the parable of the talents Jesus gives a warning.
He said the one who didn’t multiply what he was given had it all taken away and was punished. This person was afraid to put himself out there and do something to multiply what was given to him.
I have always thought I’m really not afraid of a whole lot, but I suppose why I’ve put off for a year this ministry is some sort of fear. I don’t want this to be about me.
But in the parable, the servants played the key roles and the one who was afraid gets the most attention because we are fairly warned to use what we have been given. I believe we can get to heaven, have eternity and still see where we could have done more with what God had given us.
If there’s even a chance I’m not giving 100 percent back to the world around me of what God has gifted me with, I am falling short. It’s a lesson for you too. What will you give back? Consider this beautiful quote by Eleanor Powell:
What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
We all have something. You do. I do. One of them for me is speaking audible prayers. I have prayed with hundreds of people through the years as a hospital chaplain. It’s something I’m very comfortable doing and something I don’t take lightly. It’s a part of the healing ministry I participate in where I serve as a pastor to many.
I wouldn’t be true to myself if I denied what I’ve heard people say after I’ve prayed. I have felt for many months now the call to do something more with this. I probably have taken way too much thinking about how it will work practially, but I have figured it out. Ideally I would love to do audio prayer where it’s just my voice. For now I’m using YouTube.
I’ve been very reluctant to use video, but YouTube is free. Audio file hosting is not. I just don’t like the idea of people seeing me pray, so in the last week I figured out a way to simply keep me out of focus (literally, as you will see) while I pray.
I will refine how this is done, so it’s relatively easy both for you share a prayer request and for me to capture the prayer to post here. That’s my next post – guidelines and rules.
I’m Wondering: Will you give back to God and the world around you what He has given to you?