Have you ever taken a walk through a cemetery? Most of us who have would say that while it's peaceful, it's also sad. People who once lived and breathed, had families and careers, now buried. Unfortunately, many went to their grave with unrealized dreams, relationships that never healed, and potentials that were never maximized. What's sad about a cemetery is not the people buried there, but what's buried inside the people buried there.
In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells a story about a man who was going on a journey. Before he left, he entrusted money to three of his servants. To one he gave 5 talents, to one he gave 2 talents, and to one he gave 1 talent. While the master was away, the servant with 5 talents invested the money and gained 5 more talents. The servant with 2 talents did the same. But the servant with 1 talent buried his money and did nothing with it. When the master returned home, each servant gave an account for what he had done with what he had been entrusted with. Overall, the master was pleased. But he was furious with the servant who buried his money. In fact, he threw the servant out of his house!
Notice, the servant didn't steal from the master. He probably wasn't a bad guy. So what was his crime? Laziness. And what was the reason for his laziness? Fear.
Fear holds many in bondage. Fear keeps us from pursuing our dreams and sticking to our goals. Fear aids us in giving up when things get tough or we meet adversity. And most of all, fear keeps us from change!
There is no growth without change. There is no change without loss. There is no loss without pain.
God has a plan for your life. He's entrusted you with certain resources: your health, your family, your job, your possessions, even your church. What are doing with them? Are you maximizing your full potential for God's glory or are you stuck in a rut, resisting change, because of fear?
Our willingness to change positions us to embrace God's plan for us. Our willingness to change affects our children and others who come after us. We must live with an awareness that there are 3 enemies of change: fear, ruts, and idols. We need to resist all three!
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