Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.
Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus that they might know what God called them to do and understand the “riches” He had invested in them.
Riches? you might say. Yes. He has invested a lot in you, and He knows exactly what He has invested.
Think about this, It’s highly unlikely that He’ll save or redeem someone one day and take him or her to heaven the following day.
I once shared a message in my church in which I was encouraging them to live a life that proclaimed who our Father is, who we belong to. I told them many times we believe that our main goal in life is to praise and worship Him and that’s it. “It’s me and Him”…but nothing could be farther than the truth. If all what we were supposed to do was to praise and worship we would have long gone to heaven to do it for eternity (which we’ll do at some point).
God has called us and equipped us to fulfil a certain purpose in this world. He’s given you special attributes, skills and gifts that no one else but you can deliver.
Remember the parable of the talents? (Matthew 25:15) Some of us might be 5-talent people, 2-talent people or even one-talent people. He gives us according to our capacity, He knows best. He’s your creator. That’s when comparisons come a bit too dangerous, but that’s another topic.
The point is this: It is not what you what have that will determine your reward, it’s what you do with what you already have.
Are you afraid to risk and fail that you rather bury your talent? beware, you might get in trouble with God.
And it’s not because He’s unreasonable or strict, He’s righteous, He disciplines why? He has to protect what He was invested in you, (after all, wouldn’t you the same?)
Don’t worry, He’ll never take from you the gifts He’s given you nor abandon you (Romans 11:29) but surely He’ll have to discipline, and your response to Him can either lengthen or shorten your season of discipline. And trust me, I’m saying this because I’ve experienced it first hand, lol.
My dream, my prayer and what I long for is to approach His throne one day (2 Corinthians 5:10) and to hear him say “Well done, my daughter…well done” I want to get to the end of my life, and have something to show for it.
At the end, as a songwriter said “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last”