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From: Household agriculture – Footsteps 54

Ideas for making the most of available land and other agricultural resources

Investing our lives wisely

We can do three things with our lives. We can waste them, we can spend them or we can invest them. The Bible teaches us to invest our lives to make a difference for eternity. We should not live on this earth to be a consumer. Instead, we should make a contribution with our lives. We will be held accountable by God for how we invest our lives. Let’s take time to look at how we use our abilities, resources, time and experience.

Read Matthew 25:14-30

Everything we have belongs to God. We are allowed to borrow things for a number of years. We brought nothing into this world and we are taking nothing out of this world when we leave. We are here to manage and use God’s resources.

Verse 15 God has given each one of us some unique talents. Discuss how many talents or gifts you can think of. People are given different talents. But no-one is without any talents.

Verses 16-18 God expects us to use our talents. One day he will ask us, ‘What did you do with what you were given?’

Verses 19-23 If we use our gifts and talents to serve other people, they will start to grow. God encourages us to step out in faith in this. If we use our talents wisely, we will be rewarded.

Verses 24-30

Fear often keeps people from using their talents. There are three kinds of fear: self-doubt (lack of confidence), self-consciousness (fear of what others will think) and self-pity. Remember that God likes to use imperfect people. A $100 note, however dirty or torn, is still worth $100. In God’s eyes we never lose our value!

Discuss verse 29 which is a very challenging verse.

Let us be encouraged to invest our talents wisely. We need to take what little we have and start using it in serving other people. Then we may see God multiply our talents too!

From Keve Társaság, an association of Christian Professional and Business People, 1091 Budapest, Kálvin tér 7, Hungary.   

 

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