After one of Pastor Scott's messages I thought more on, what does it look like to be giving all of me to God (financial, spiritual, and resources)? At minimum our tithe must be given, but we should desire to serve God in some fashion. We should have our financial ducks-in-a-row so we are able to help others.
Boy that fact hit a chord with my girls. We discussed thinking of it this way: say you knew someone who needed a new tire so they could travel back and forth to work. If you had your finances in order you could help that person easily.
The first time I heard the story of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) I was told it was a coin, so I totally missed the meaning. Thank you, Pastor Scott for explaining that a talent is more than a simple coin – it’s more like a month’s wages. I don’t want to bury my talent. The idea of burying (hoarding) a month’s wages seems so silly to me. The idea of a simple coin did not bother me much at all.
I have been all the soils at different ages/stages/seasons of life. My earnest prayer is to be the fertile soil that produces good fruit. "And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest." (Luke 8:15 NLT)
While I don’t have a green thumb, I know that to care for a plant you must provide good soil, water, sunlight and at times vitamins. Some have even said we need to talk to plants for them to grow.
For us the good soil is our relationship with God - growing in the knowledge of His truth, reading His word. Water and sunlight for us would be the daily physical sustenance we need for our body to be healthy. For me vitamins are Christians in my life that care enough to call me out on things and redirect me when I am wrong or say, "Good job. I know you worked hard" and help me pick up pieces and put me back together when the unthinkable occurs.
This plant/tree is me and I intend to stay in the fertile soil. I intend to continue to read God’s Word and seek Him. In all my ways acknowledging Him as he will keep my path straight. (roughly Proverbs 3:6).
Why is it important to keep on keeping on? I have people watching. People who I want to know and love God. People who are very dear to me on this earth. People I will love to spend eternity with, in heaven with our Savior. And I hope to hear “well done my good and faithful servant” at the end of this lifetime.