Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for your grace and mercy which has brought us thus far. My brothers and sisters in the Lord peace to you and the grace of God be always with you. I want to thank God for our well-wishers, friends and followers. We will continue this message where we left off yesterday.
As we read still more deeply into the heart of this matter, we find that God bestows no gift, power or blessing upon us—for ourselves alone!
Take money. The mistake of the rich man in our Lord’s parable in Luke 16—was not that he was rich. He made his wealth honestly. God gave it to him in abundant harvests. But his sin began, when he asked, “What shall I do with all this wealth? Where shall I bestow all my fast-increasing goods?” His decision showed that he was living only for himself. He thought not of his relation to God above—or to men about him.
“I will build larger barns, and there store my goods.” Instead of using his wealth to bless others—he would hoard it and keep it all in his own hands. The man who fulfills his mission and illustrates his consecration when money is given to him—is he who says, “This money is not mine. I have received it through God’s blessing. He has greatly honoured me in making me his agent to use it for him. It is a sacred trust, granted to be employed in His Name for the blessing of men; I must do with it—just what Christ himself would do if He were here in my place!”
Or take knowledge. Education, in a consecrated life, is not to be sought for its own sake—but that we may thereby be made capable of doing more for the good or the joy of others. Each new lesson in life, each new accession to our knowledge, each new experience, is legitimately employed—only when it is turned at once into some channel of personal helpfulness to others. One has the gift of music, and can sing or play well. The kind of consecration Christ wants of this gift—is its use to do good to others, to make them happier or better, to put songs into silent hearts, and joys into sad hearts. Of all gifts, there is no one, perhaps, capable of a diviner ministry than is the gift of song.
“God sent his singers upon earth,
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again.”
A young lady can read well. If she would carry out the spirit of her consecration to Christ, she is to employ her gift of reading—in giving happiness and profit to others. She can brighten many an evening hour in her own home—by reading aloud to the loved ones that cluster around the altar in her home. Or she can do still more Christly work by seeking out the aged with dim eyes, the poor who cannot read, or the sick in their lonely chambers—and quietly and tenderly reading to them words of comfort, instruction, and divine love.
Take the blessings of spiritual experience. There is a wonderful sentence in one of Paul’s letters. He is thanking God for the comfort which he had given to him in some sorrow, and he says, (2 Corinthians 1:4) “Blessed be the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles—so that we can comfort those in any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” That is, Paul praised God not merely because he himself had been comforted—but because the comfort which had been given to him in his sorrow—gave him added power with which to comfort others.
You that have the gifts of God must find avenues to use it so they will not be required at your hands at that last day. There are many areas you can operate to bring joy the hearts of many. Not for personal gains or a show of self but in love serving one another. Wherever I can assist I do my part and spread the word. My sacrifice is unto the Lord and there is a way to work under cover without the enemy knowing what you are doing. Try evangelizing and see how it works. May God grant you good measures today pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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