Investing faithfully

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“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21)

This morning I sit and try to sort out my day. It’s one of those days when a lot of things are scheduled in. I wonder how I am going to do it all, and wonder if I am being faithful to God in all of these things. Are these the things he wants me to do today? This is a good question to ask ourselves and to seek God’s guidance on. We all desire to hear those words from Jesus, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

God has a plan for us today. He has entrusted us with talents to invest in his kingdom. We need to make sure that we are being prudent in the use of the talents given us. It is our responsibility to be connected to God through prayer so that we can see what we are to do. It is his plan after all.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the talents you give me to use each day for your kingdom. I pray that I keep focused on you in all I do, knowing it’s your plan being lived out through me. Amen

Faith Tip: What is the talent God wants you to invest today? Seek the Master who will give you wisdom and direction.

Remember

Rainbow Valley

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Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth” (Genesis 9:16).

Visuals are a great help in remembering things. I put my pills out on the counter that I need to take before bed, I write a list of things that need to be done each day, and an empty dog dish reminds me it’s time to feed Charlie. We use calendars, blackberries, and iPods to help us remember important dates and times. What if we only had our memory to count on to remember everything—scary thought.

While God placed a rainbow in the clouds to remember his covenant with us, I doubt very much that God needed the symbol to remember. God doesn’t forget a thing. It’s hard to imagine having all the details from the beginning to the end, but he does. I think the rainbow is more for us to remember his covenant. It reminds us of his love, faithfulness and constant grace in our lives. Another symbol to remember God’s love is the cross. Jesus suffered and died to save us. He didn’t have to, but chose to do so. What greater love is there?

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your love and care each day. I pray that I remember the symbols of your love throughout the year. Amen

Faith tip: What are the symbols of God’s love for you? Thank him for them.

Adultery

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…for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD” (Hosea 1:2)

I was just thinking about if faithfulness is unique or more of the norm in our country.  If we take a realistic look, we could see that there are definitely areas of needed growth. If we come closer and take a look at our individual lives, how would we score on faithfulness? If you’re like me, the word that comes to mind is “OUCH!”

So isn’t it amazing that God loves us so much that he is constantly faithful to us. He provides for all of our needs including salvation. He wants us adulterers to live with him forever. This is another reason to have a joyous ChristmasJesus! You have received, or can receive by allowing Jesus into your heart, the best Christmas present ever.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your goodness and faithfulness. I pray that I can become more faithful as I journey life with you. Thank you for Jesus. Amen

Faith tip: Let God help you be faithful. Don’t dwell on past mistakes, but look forward to new opportunities of growth in Jesus.