“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.” – Luke 19:26
“He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.” – (The Message)
To each of us, He has given. For each of us, much is required. We must be willing to be bold before both God and man, to share that which we have been granted. We have all been given grace, so we ought to also extend grace generously. The gift, that thing that He has planted uniquely in each of us, is meant to be shared, exposed, passed on, and presented; not hidden in the hollows of our hearts. We must risk vulnerability, to reap the remarkable joy found in His favor.
He loves us wherever we are and in whatever we do, however, there is so much more!
As we step out in faith and surrender ourselves to His strength, the reward is always worth the risk. If we fall, we learn how to get back up again. Perseverance provides hope for us to hold. If we do not waiver, and stand fast in our Savior, we are reminded of how we are to recognize His redeeming strength, and rely on Him completely.
The beauty of it all, the ultimate reward and blessing for us to behold, is found not in the gift, but in the Giver; when we at long last see Him face-to-face, and our hearts will hear the wonderful words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” The very thought of standing before Him and feeling His pleasure for me, a fallen and flawed kid, saved by grace, overwhelming!
No, our salvation depends not on what we do, yet the fullness of His goodness and grace is granted as we step out in surrender – exchanging our goals, strength, dreams and hopes, for His.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus, we each have been given much, with the heavenly hope of even more. Lead us to love lavishly, as You have loved us. Grant us the grace and the courage to uncover the gifts You have given, that we have been hiding. Teach us to trust You to be our strength and our song, and may we serve You faithfully, our whole life long. May many be blessed by our faithful obedience to You, God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present