Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. – Matthew 25:24-25
One year, my daughter called me to find out if I had an iron and ironing board she could use during camp meeting in Portland. Since I live close to
the campground, she would not have to transport hers across town. I told her that someone had given me an iron and I had bought an ironing board
when I moved into my home the year before. As I restarted life as a bachelor, I had decided that I needed the necessities to keep up a house.
The first time my daughter came by to iron her clothes that camp meeting, she was astonished to find that the ironing board was still wrapped in the
plastic from the store. In fact, she laughed at me! I explained that I was, indeed, domesticating but I wanted to work into it slowly. She seemed
sure that one year was a sufficient amount of time to break into that part of housekeeping.
God gives us certain gifts as Christians that we might refer to as Christian tools. They are high quality and will work well, even in our hands. Let
us not hide these gifts, nor fail to put them to use!
God will guide us in their usage and will train us along the way. As illustrated in the parable of the talents, He wants us to use them to help present
His Gospel to the world.
Though we may not have felt capable when we began certain tasks, completing a job in this world leaves us with a feeling of wonderful satisfaction.
How much greater is that satisfaction when we have accomplished something for the Lord! What tools has the Lord given you? We can prayerfully put
them to use today.