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Still Working

Vivian and Don are in their mid-90s and have been married more than 70 years. Recently Vivian suffered a setback when she broke her hip. This has been additionally difficult because for several years both Don and Vivian have been saddened by the realization that they are no longer strong enough to be active in the life and work of their church.

However, Vivian and Don are still hard at work for the Lord: They are prayer warriors. While they may not always be physically present and visible in the life of their church, they are faithful “behind the scenes” in their service for Him.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 reminds us that we must use the “talents” God has given us wisely. All of us have God-given skills and abilities at various levels—and we must not bury, unused, what God has given us.

It is not only in our years of strength that God will use us, but also in our youth and age, as well as in our sickness and weakness. Vivian and Don continue to serve by praying. And like them, we honor our Savior by using our skills—“each according to his own ability” (v.15) to serve Him who is worthy.

Lord, You have done so much for me. Please show
me what I can do to serve You—to honor You with
the abilities You have provided. May my life be a
living sacrifice of love and action for Your honor.
God can use you at any age—if you are willing.

Insight

The parable of the talents contains a profound and enduring message to the believer. It drives home the point that we will be justly compensated for the use of our Spirit-filled talents. Both motive and faithfulness will be key factors in how we are evaluated at the judgment (Bema) seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). “Good works” performed in the energy of the flesh or for the wrong motives will be burned up. But faithful, Spirit-filled service will be rewarded (1 Cor. 3:12-15).

6 thoughts on “Still Working

  1. minka says:

    I think it is important to remember that we can all use our talents to serve God. We are all unique and as a result have different ways to do the work of God. Let us all explore our talents!

  2. rdo32000 says:

    This message is encouraging to my walk with Christ. Well, not walk really, buy race. The word says our faith is like a running a race. I been a runner for years and competed as a high hurdler. It is Christ that gives us the talent and leads us to overcome the barriers in our “race.” When our finish line arrives, and we are called
    have finished this race, we will cross the line in victory! This is because we already have been given victory
    for repenting and allowing God to take over. Amen!

  3. sandy229 says:

    When we pray we must wait for God to speak to us instead of making a list of things we want. Prayer is a 2 way conversation with God.

  4. tam says:

    I remember when I was working and completing my degree while raising my daughter. I gave my life to Christ and I started working in ministries. Like 3-4 of them. I was so stressed out that it looked like someone hit me in the face with a bag of nickels (it really did). I took a hiatus and finished school, the Lord blessed me a higher paying job. But I knew I had to go back to ministry. Now I am doing the work of God with little ones, whom I adore! Just one ministry, the one I was meant to serve in, Children’s Church, and I love it. It is not a burden or an overload. Now my daughter is in College and the Lord blessed me with a job that pays for her tuition. I realized I was on all those ministries b/c I was trying to please people (big mistake) live your life to please God only, and you will be blessed and well.

  5. annwrites says:

    It’s not just the elderly people who can do the work for God, anybody at any age can pray and do what he’s called them to do. I’ve even heard children praying to God like they’re talking to a friend. What a blessing!

  6. revjean says:

    J54
    How true it is that our elderly brothers and sisters in Christ give us our greatest support in their prayers for us. They often do not recognise their worth. Thank you to all of you who take the time to pray others.

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