“Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most.And get rid of this ‘play-it-safe’ who won’t go out on a limb.”Matthew 25: 24,26,30 MSG
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 NIV
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”1 Peter 4:10 NIV
God knows you.
He knows your strengths and weaknesses.
He knows every regret you have ever had and why you have it.
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.”
Psalm 139:1 NIV
More than that, God knows how you can grow from it.
God can change your regret into a gift.
God can turn a memory of disappointment into a moment of discovery, a revelation of wisdom, a catalyst for change.
You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to live with regret.
In Christ, you are a new creation and have His power within you to change, to transform, to grow.
Useless regrets are the ones you don’t learn from.
May there be NO useless regrets in your life.
May you learn from every one of them.
May God use every regret to set you free to be who He has created you to be.
What regret can God transform into a gift today?
You are loved with a love so powerful that when you catch a glimpse of it, it changes you. It gives you hope. It makes you want more of God and God wants you to have more of Him too.
“But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.” James 1:25 MSG
Even a glimpse of God’s love through Jesus for you is powerful enough to start an avalanche of transformation in your heart.
Love moves us to action.
So…act on it.
Intentions do not lead to freedom, actions do.
Do what God is asking you to do.
Forgive that person who doesn’t deserve it.
Give that small gift to that person who isn’t expecting it.
Take a walk and ask Jesus to fill you with the truth of His overwhelming love for you with each step you take.
Speak the truth in love.
I didn’t say speak nice to everyone, I said to speak the truth in love. If you really love them, you will tell them the truth.
Really love them.
What is the truth of God’s unearnable, unending love inspiring you to do today?
It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be done.
Grab your glimpse and go after it!
It is all about relationship.
His birth, every breath, every step, every person Jesus talked to, touched, healed and gave hope to was about relationship.
Renewing your relationship with God.
It is the same today.
Jesus has made Himself available to you every moment of every day not so that He can control you but so He can love you.
So He can restore and renew you.
Jesus is a gift to be opened and experienced every day.
“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG
As the gift-buying season begins, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give this year.
Gifts unique to you.
Gifts that are meant to be given.
By using the gifts God has given you, the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, the driving passion of your heart, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.
It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, it is needful.
The world needs people who are connected to Jesus, using their gifts so that God is revealed and those people can get connected to Him. When people are connected to Jesus they pass from death to life and from darkness to light. With Him, they begin to develop their gifts so that others can get connected to God and pass from death to life… you get the picture.
In the midst of the gift buying madness, may you freely and generously give to others the rich gifts God has given you.
May you grow them, practice them relentlessly and walk in them confidently until they are an extension of who you are to the glory of God.
What gifts has God given you?
How are you going to use them to bless someone today?