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So you know.
You know it.
You know what you love.
You know how you would do the thing.
What it would look like.
But you haven’t pulled the trigger.
We don’t succeed sometimes because we are afraid to fail.
We don’t try so we fall.
We don’t win because we won’t lose.
The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ –Matthew 25:14-30
It’s gone on since the beginning of time….
Failure to launch because of the seductive and accusing voice of doubt that has taken up tenancy in our head, rent-free.
It wasn’t that the servant didn’t have gold. He had it. It wasn’t that he didn’t know what to do with it. He did. He knew.
He was afraid.
He was lazy.
He who had gold AND had faith, had an abundance. He who had gold but DID NOT HAVE FAITH, even what he had was taken from him. Faith is the element that makes the gifts go. It’s the gas in the tank. The fire in the furnace.
A leap of faith isn’t a leap into oblivion. You may not know the outcome…you may not know where you’ll land…but you know Who does. And if you read the scripture, the Master wasn’t angry with the servant who had been given two bags and brought him only two bags more. The Master wasn’t angry that the servant didn’t yield as well as the servant with five bags. Why?
Could it be that it was because the servant with five bags “at once put his money to work….So also, the one with two bags…” But the other one dug a hole and hid his gifts.
That says to me that the Master might be more concerned with putting it to work than with the yield. Since we don’t know for sure where we are going to land, when we put what we have to work, we say in essence, “Okay, the result is up to You. I have faith that whatever You want to do with this will come to pass.” The first two servants planted their seeds and released the fruit of their labor.
Pray through what it looks like for you to take a leap of faith where your passion is concerned…or really wherever the Holy Spirit brings to mind. Let’s not limit it.
After you pray,
take a leap of faith.