“Shovel Revival.”

In my Bible College days, I was invited occasionally to preach at the Cambridge Church of Christ. David Woodrow took notes, and with much love and encouragement, he would critique my sermons. One particular lesson was obviously not that good. But in order to make sure that I was in no way discouraged David said, “Compared to last week’s visiting speaker, that was great. His lesson was incoherent. It came across as if he had written down random scripture references and tried to make each verse fit together into one theme as he went along.” (That brother went on to hone his craft and has been a preacher for decades now). Jesus’ Parable of the Talents teaches us that God gives to “each according to his own ability,” and sends us forth to invest those talents in His Service (Mt.25:15).“Burying your talent” is not an option, and excuses are punished (Mt.25:30). Abundant blessings are found only in the doing.It was God who invented the ‘Use it or lose it’ rule. “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away” (Mt.25:29). He expects all of us to be busy all the time in the church. Talents are tools. The Holy Spirit uses those tools in the building of Jesus’ church. We speak the gospel that the Holy Spirit uses to convict the hearts of sinners. The Light of God shines forth from us as we, walking in the Spirit, employ our talents in the daily marketplace of life. “We work as if for the Lord” (Col.3:23).The Lord’s church needs a “Shovel Revival.” We need to go out and dig up those buried talents and put them to use before it’s too late. The good news is that if someone can still read this—it’s not too late.John StaigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to: Like, Comment or Share it with your friends. (314)


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