What is keeping you in the boat…
Jonathan continued teaching about facing and defeating your giant(s) in 2017. We have taken the month of January to focus on the Old Testament passage of Numbers 13 where Moses sends out the spies to examine the land that God had promised to them. If you haven’t taken time to read back thru the past few weeks, you should check out the blogs on the church’s website.
This week, Jonathan shared from Matthew 25 as well…
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[b]to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money…“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
(Matthew 25:14-19, 24-29 NLT)
And as he shared this passage of Scripture, he asked the question: What keeps you at bay? What is it that keeps you at the dock?
In other words, what is keeping you from taking that next step?
What is it that keeps you from taking that step…
We have spent a lot of time discussing what giants we might be facing. However, it is not always the giant in front of us that keeps us from moving; rather, it is our unwillingness to take that next step.
Everyone has a next step in their walk with the Lord?
It might be that you need to commit to being at church every week.
It might be that you need to be baptized.
Your next step could be that you need to forgive that person that sinned against you or it could be that you need to forgive yourself.
Your next step could be that you need to start serving at church, or you need to start studying your Bible, or you need to commit to spending time in prayer daily.
Your next step could be to start giving financially, thru a tithe to the local church.
Or your next step could be that you need to give an offering, over and beyond your tithe.
Your next step could be to stop gossiping about others.
The next step for you could be to turn off FaceBook and Twitter and allow your heart to let go of all this political mess our nation is facing.
Your next step could be to spend some time fasting, whether it is food or something else that you give up.
This list can go on and on…
There are a variety of “next steps” that could be listed. Perhaps yours is listed in this post or perhaps not.
The chances are good that you know what that next step is. The question you have to ask yourself is what is keeping you from taking that next step. And then you have to decide to move forward and step out of the boat.
On our next post, we will share some of the key points that Jonathan shared out of Matthew 25, which are often excuses that we use to stay in the boat. Stay tuned on FaceBook for the next post in this weeks series.