Bible Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
Often times, when we hear The Parable of the Talents, it is in the context of using the gifts that God has blessed us with to show Him that we can be trusted with more. However today, we will look at it from the context of our subject, preparing for what we pray for.
In this text, we see a comparison of a master and his relationship with three of His servants as it pertains to their talents. To one he gave five talents, to another two, and the other one, see Matthew 25:15. As we continue to read the text, we see that each of the servants did with their talents what they had prepared to do. We can draw this conclusion because in Matthew 25:15 when the master was handing out talents, it says “he gave them according to their ability.
Servents number one and two, we see, prepared to multiply their talents. Their master gave them five and two talents and they returned to him, one ten, and the other four talents. However, the servant that was given one talent, we see, had not prepared for his talent. His mindset had not shifted to a place where he was able to receive the blessings of God.
It’s the beginning of the year and there are so many things that we are praying for and expecting God to do in 2017. Some of us are praying for new homes, relationships, careers, and opportunities. But we have to remember that with blessings come responsibility. In order for us to show God that we can be trusted with the new responsibility, we have to show Him that we are prepared to receive it, and we do that by showing Him how we handle what we already have.
As it pertains to a new home, how are you using the one that you have now? Have you opened it up to be a blessing to others? Are you faithful with the career or job that God has blessed you with now? What is your character like on your current job? Are you completing assignments on time? Are you operating outside of your job description, willing to do what it takes to advance the organization? Do you arrive on time? As it pertains to relationships, are you considerate of others? Are you in the mindset that relationship requires servitude? How are you showing God that you are prepared to receive what you have prayed for?
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for this word. There are so many things that I am praying for and believing You for in 2017. Help me to remember that I have to be prepared to receive what I pray for. Reveal to me areas of my life I need to work on so that I am fully prepared to receive the blessing You are preparing for me. In the name of Jesus, Amen!