Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Food for Thought - 1

Today's food for thought...

"Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed. Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles."
Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson) (2011-03-24). The Pursuit of God (p. 20). Kindle Edition.

"Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed."

Everything.  The first definition in the Mirriam-Webster online dictionary is "all that exists; all that relates to the subject."  All.  That makes sense - until we start thinking about commitment.  Then we try to figure out how much less then everything we can commit and still "get by" (or so we think).  There are two choices.  Either I am committed or I am not committed.  Sometimes we trust God with the little things, but not the big things.  Who better to handle the big things?  God.  Sometimes fear of the unknown gets in the way.  Who told us many times to not be afraid?  God.  Sometimes our pride prevents us from doing what we know is necessary.  Who should we be more concerned about pleasing?  God.  We need to commit everything we have and everything we are to Him.  The best and safest place to be is in the center of God's will, fully committed to Him and His plans.

"Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him."

We all have gifts and talents.  I am passionate about that.  Everyone has something to offer.  No one has been left out.  We need to be faithful with what we have been given.  Is everyone equally talented?  No.  And I do not know why.  To those who have been given much, much will be required.  When I was a teenager, I read "Dedicate your talents and abilities to God, and you will see Him use them in ways that you never thought possible."  That sounded like a good idea to me, so I did just that.  After that point, God developed my piano playing dramatically (click here to listen).  He continued (and still continues) to develop other gifts and talents in me.  For a long time, I was afraid to speak in front of a group, but God has taken that fear away.  Several people have told me that I am a good public speaker.  Who would have thought?  Not me!  Not only are our gifts and talents safe when they are committed to Him, but they will be used for their ultimate purpose - for God's glory and honor.

"They should be recognized for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles."

Nothing we have is ours because we did not do anything to deserve or earn it.  We were given life - and everything else we have - by God.  Everything we have belongs to Him.  We only think that they are ours.  They have been loaned to us for a time.  We will be judged by how we manage what God has given us - by giving back to Him what is rightfully His already.  Even things that we have worked for are not ours, because God gave us the ability and strength to work for those things.  God is our source - for everything.

Everything.  Your life.  Your family.  Your job.  Your health.  Your strength.  Your dreams.  Your gifts and talents.  Your ... (you fill in the blank).  Commit everything to Him, and everything will be safe.  Hold something back, and it will not be safe.  Do not take anything back.  Make the decision daily to continue committing everyting to Him.

Psalm 37:5 (NLT) "Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust Him, and He will help you."

It is not always easy, but I am trying to do that.

How about you?

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