Day 16

20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20

The past few days, we have reflected on the “soil” of our hearts, what patterns we need to repent of, and what mindsets we need to shift. As we read this passage, we must ask, how are we using the investment God has given us? What will we show in return for the gifts He’s provided? This concept of return is also in the parable of the talents. The master gives his servants talents according to their abilities, and the faithful servants present additional talents upon his return. The unfaithful servant, however, hides his talent, thus not bearing fruit. (You can find this parable in Matthew 25:14-30)

  1. Welcome God to come in this time and begin by expressing gratitude, praise, and worship. 
  2. Take a few moments to reflect on the gifts and “talents” God has given to you. What has He entrusted to you? This could include your sphere of influence within your family, workplace, etc. It could also be the actual talents and abilities you possess. Write these down as they come to mind. 
  3. As you look at your list, ask God to show you how any of those items could be further used to advance His kingdom. Is it serving within a ministry that aligns with your talents? Is it reaching out to your coworkers to see if they have any physical needs you can meet? Write these down as they come to mind and this week, try to fulfill at least one of those things. 
  4. Take this one step further and reach out to one or two people and tell them your goal for this week. Encourage and pray for one another throughout the week through texts or video calls. Share both your successes and your struggles.  
  5. Listen to “Our Father” by Bethel Music. As you listen, thank God for the spheres of influence and gifts He has given to you. As we ask for His kingdom to come quickly, may we also reflect on how we can further advance His kingdom in our day to day lives. Surrender any attitudes of insecurity, anxiety, and fear as you step into boldness and love for those around you.

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