I’m still singing these lines in my mind, “Break my heart for what breaks Yours, everything I have for Your Kingdom’s cause”
and wondering what might cause the little hesitation within, that tiny catch of fear, when I consider the implication of these words.
The inner struggle can be paralyzing, “What do I have to give? What can I do in the face of such immense needs?”
But, this morning I read the parable of the talents and in that passage I am reminded that it is everything I have – not everything I don’t have – or anything that someone else has,
but just what He has given me.
A sigh of relief! I give what I have to give.
And yet, even that is a challenge – to live generously – intentionally looking to invest the gifts He has given, for His Kingdom’s cause.
Eugene Petersen, in The Message, words the Master’s reply to the servant who buried his talents, this way: “It’s criminal to live cautiously like that!” v.26
In verse 28 the servant is called a “play-it-safe, who won’t go out on a limb”.
Ouch! That hits home. I know I live cautiously. Too often, I play it safe even with the gifts I know I possess – let alone the ones that might emerge if I dared to look under that shell.
So here’s my recommitment this morning: to use what He has given me – to be more adventurous for Him – to take a risk for His Kingdom’s cause – to come to Him in prayer, with a heart wide open like Mary’s, willing to be used in whatever way He calls me.
How about you?
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