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UNDERSTANDING FAITHFUL SERVICE
by gwendolyn Ransom
02/01/04
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"HIS MASTER REPLIED, WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS AND I WILL MAKE YOU RULER OF MANY THINGS." (MATTHEW 25:23)

THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS IN THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO ANYTHING IN THE SERVICE OF THE LORD. FAITHFUL SERVICE IS MORE THAN JUST DOING A TASK IN THE LOCAL CHURCH. FAITHFUL SERVICE IS THE WAY IN WHICH GOD UTILIZES THOSE TALENTS WHICH SOMETIMES LAY DORMANT INSIDE OF US. GOD HAS PLACED THESE TALENTS INSIDE OF US BEFORE WERE WERE CONCEIVED AND IT IS HE TAKES AN INTRICATE PART OF OUR DEVELOPMENT. MANY TIMES THEY DEVELOP THROUGH TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, BUT AFTER EVERY TRIAL AND AFFLICTION A NEW SEED OF VICTORY IS BORN.

IN THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS, TWO OF THE SERVANTS REACHED THIER FULL POTENTIAL BY REACHING OUT BEYONE THEIR BORDERS AND DOING WHAT WAS NORMAL, WHEN THEY REACHED OUT THEY WERE REWARDED BY THE MASTER FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE.

BUT THE ONE WHO WAS AFRAID, AND WOULD NOT REACH OUT, BECAUSE OF HIS UNBELIEF AND FEAR, HE HID HIS, WHICH INDICATED THAT HE DID NOT TRUST IN THE POWER WHICH WAS ALREADY PLACED INSIDE OF HIM, AND BECAUSE HE NEVER REACHED OUT HE NEVER REACHED HIS FULL POTENTIAL. BY NOT TRYING, HE INDICATED THAT HE SERVED A WEAK GOD, AND THAT GOD COULD NOT DELIVER OR HELP HIM.

IF WE ARE GOING TO BE WHO GOD WANTS US TO, WE MUST SEARCH OUT PRAYERFULLY THOSE THINGS WHICH HE HAS ALREADY PLACED INSIDE OF US.

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