Use It Or Lose It
I believe that if we don’t stand up and use what God has given us while we have the opportunity we are going to lose what we have. In Matthew we have the parable of the talents where one is given 5 talents, another 2, and another 1. When their master came to reckon with them the first two had doubled what he gave them and received praise from their master. The third, the one with 1 talent, had done nothing with it. The result of his not using what his master had given him was that it was taken from him.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Matthew 25:29
We also see this principle in Matthew 21 where Jesus cursed the fig tree.
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Matthew 21:17-19
Because the fig tree had no fruit Jesus cursed it and it withered away. Jesus never preformed a miracle for His own benefit, it was always for the benefit of those who saw it. There was always a lesson to be learned.
In this case the fig tree represents the nation of Israel. At this time Israel put on a show for God, but their hearts were far from Him.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8
This is a warning also to Christians. I believe we have reached a point in America where most Christians could be described this way.
We still have a measure of God’s blessing and if we don’t use what God has given us we will lose it. We see the loss of our freedom of religion and of speech already being diminished.
In Matthew 5 Jesus speaks of two things that we, as Christians, are to be.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 AV
We are to be the light of the world. We are not to hide our light under a bushel, we are to let it shine before men.
We are also to be the salt of the earth. Salt that has lost its savour is of no use. How does salt lose it savour? It allows itself to be diluted. When Christians allow worldliness and compromise to dilute their lives they lose the saltiness God has called them to be.
God has given us the ability to be the salt of the earth. America has been blessed and we are to be a blessing to the rest of the world. If we don’t use our saltiness that comes from our freedoms, especially our freedom to preach the Gospel, we will lose them. We will be cast out and trodden under the foot of men. It not only can happen here, it has already started.
Great Britain used to be the GREAT Britain. She is a small island about the size of New York and yet she ruled the world. She produced many great Bible preachers. She had a great Christian heritage and the blessing of God upon her. Today less than 2% of her people go to any kind of church. She is struggling with financial and social issues. She is soon to be overtaken by Islam.
There are consequences when you are not doing what God has called you to do. If we won’t be the people that God has called us to be, if we won’t be salt and light in this world, we will be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
How do you re-salt salt? There is only one way, and that is to remove the water that is diluting it.
Like the fig tree, most of Christianity is a show with nothing really behind it. We need to see things from God’s point of view.
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
God sees the heart and not all of the outward show.
If we are not going to be a witness to God’s righteousness and power to change men, God will find another witness. It is time to turn back to Him and His precepts.
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