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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 17, 2010 - Stay Useful

By Gary Rogers

Inactivity accelerates death. If you leave a classic car parked unused in a garage for years, it will deteriorate far more rapidly than if it is lovingly driven and regularly maintained. Put all your family’s antique silverware in a drawer, and it will only tarnish. Polish it and use it regularly, and it will draw compliments for its beauty. Even our physical bodies testify to this truth. Lie around on the couch after coming home from your desk job, and pretty soon your muscle tone will soften, your fat reserves will grow out of hand, and your blood pressure and resting heart rate will rise to unhealthy levels.

This principle holds true concerning the gifts, talents and callings God has invested in our lives. Inactivity brings spiritual ill health and even death. One of the hardest things for me to do is to step in front of a congregation to preach after a time of being away from the pulpit.

Jesus identified a man as an unprofitable servant due to his lack of investment with what he was given: “So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:28-30, NKJV).

God has invested gifts in our lives, and we need to do more than bury them and guard them until Jesus returns. Gifts must be invested in other people’s lives. The outcome of investing our gifts and talents into others is produce for the kingdom of God. Inactivity, isolation, indifference, and the refusal of involvement in building the body of Christ will warp a vibrant and productive life into a useless artifact.

Don’t hide your talent! Don’t set your gift on a shelf! Step out by faith and invest yourself in the kingdom of God.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Coweta, Okla.



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