Rewards and your giftedness from God

Rewards and your giftedness from God
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What will we be held accountable for in Heaven? Some today say “nothing” but this thinking is not found in the bible. I think our first response would be our adherence to His teaching in the Bible. But I must say the largest percentage of the men I know live “somewhat” of a form of a moral life but not necessarily obedient to the Scripture. Their view of God as a nice, sugar daddy, understanding figure is in question. They basically have accepted Christ but live on the fringe of the Christian Word. They somewhat buy in to this proposition of no accountability with God.
In obeying the Word, a tricky part of adhering to the Word is your handling of the positive commands of God.
Notice 2 things about the positive commands

1. There are no metrics to these commands. Only God can keep score.
2. We get to define how these commands are to be applied in our environment/culture.

Good news: you get to decide what the application of these commands looks like.
Bad news: you get to explain your decision on application to God.

But what I have observed as the greatest short fall in today’s man is his lack of vision or development of his Giftedness for his place and work in the kingdom of God on earth. God has given us our giftedness to live a life for Him in our times. Our giftedness may help us in business and society and school but it appears to me that God gave the gifts to us mainly to be used in the kingdom of God.

Notice in Matthew that the parables on rewards are about investing your “talents” not just cleaning up your act. Remember the end of the parable

Mat 25:24 And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter:
Mat 25:25 and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.
Mat 25:26 But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter;
Mat 25:27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.
Mat 25:28 Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.
Mat 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away.
Mat 25:30 And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and gnashing of teeth. RV1885

Rough conclusion. Let it not be us…

Questions:
1. How am I gifted?
2. Am I developing my gift for use in the Kingdom?
3. Am I using them for/in the body of believers?
4. Would I take a lesser worldly position to serve God?
5. Am I pleased to be used by God?

6 Comments

  1. Thanks Gayle, thanks alot ; )

  2. Thanks for this encouragement to be faithful to our gifts and calling. So appreciate your co-authorship of Studying, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. Purchased it at Bison Ranch Retreat this fall. Such a blessing. God’s word is very clear and we do best to follow it as steadfastly as we can. It is life for us and to stray from it even a little puts us on the broad road to destruction. Making allowances for our flesh results in corruption and God has called us to be pure in heart. The full use of gifting flows out of a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a trustworthy faith. Like Timothy, we are to fan our gift/s into flame by using it/them wisely and to sharpen others as iron sharpens iron. I am grateful for Ron Hocutt and his leadership in monthly Bible Studies. We hope to see new england men come alive to God, become rich in godliness, and be salt and light to our region and to our nation.

  3. Gayle – Good, challenging article (I would expect nothing less from you, my friend). And…the questions you pose at the conclusion are worthy of consideration as I contemplate plans for the new year. God bless you for your faithfulness, and the wise use of the giftedness He has placed in you. Love you, Chris

  4. Gayle,

    Thanks for the reminder about our responsibilities to serve Him with everything He’s given us. This certainly includes our “Giftedness”. I find it especially difficult because of the challenge of measuring the results. Does God bless me with financial success when I’m using my business gifts correctly? I won’t really know for sure until I face your “bad news” proposition and have to explain it to our Lord.

    Maybe I’ll get some special dispensation when I explain that I was just doing what Gayle told me!

    Thanks, as always, for the Word.

  5. Gayle, thanks for the reminder. It seems to me there are 4 basics every Christian should be concerned about: 1. Our concept of God; this determines our walk of faith. 2. God’s sovereignty. 3. Romans 12:1,2. this is not a suggestion, it is a command. I am always amazed at people who profess to be long term Christian, yet know little of the Scripture. I am terrified of the day when I have to account to God for the deeds I have done in the body.

  6. Love u man. See u soon. Gayle