July 16 (Matthew 25:25)
[S]o I was afraid, and I went and hid your
talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.
In one of his standup routines, comedian George Carlin talked about how he plots an exit path on an airplane in case of an emergency. He said he identifies the people he can step on, knock over, and push out of the way so he can get out and help others. The humor, of course, comes from the absurdity of doing something bad just to have the opportunity to do something good, yet how many of us live life this way?
Perhaps you have found a way to serve God with the talents He has given you. As time goes by, however, you find that you must keep quiet about certain issues or lend your support to that which is not Christian just to be able to do what you had thought was so good. At what point do you become like the comedian, participating in that which is wrong in an attempt to do what is right? When do you become like the man in the parable of the talents that Jesus told, effectively burying your gifts and your calling in the ground?
Each moment of every day, you face a choice to do one thing or to do another. Stop turning your life into a chess game in which you are trying to determine what to do right now by looking twelve moves into the future. Do what God is calling to you at this moment and let Him worry about the next move. Jesus Himself said not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has its own decisions for you to make. Do what is right and what is right in front of you right now.
Father, help me to live my faith out loud, not as a show, but as a light and witness because I cannot see anything else with my eyes fixed unwaveringly on You. Help me to cease being afraid of my passion for You unleashed, but rather help me to yield fully to it. In the mighty name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins