As I was learning to minister healing, I experienced many times of frustration. During one of those times, I spoke to a mentor about it..... again. He told me to do a study in the Bible about faithfulness.
I thought I knew all about faithfulness, but I complied. I opened up my Bible and read the parable about the talents in Matthew 25. The recap is that the man gave his servants a weight of silver in accordance with their ability to increase that weight of silver. The one with five talents, and the one with two talents doubled theirs. Then, there was the person who only had one talent. He was so fearful that he buried it. What a huge mistake!
When the master returned, he was pleased with the servants who doubled their talents and put them over much, but he took the talent away from the man who buried his.
I closed the Bible with the thought, Yes, it is important to be faithful in ministering healing, even if I am frustrated. However, God was about to teach me a deeper meaning of that parable.
It was a beautiful, warm day, so I decided to take a jog. As I was jogging, I suddenly noticed how much farther I was able to jog than I could when I first started. That is when the conversation started.
I heard the Lord ask, "How did that happen?"
I answered, "I jogged a little bit farther everyday."
Then, He asked, "Do you remember how you felt when you first started ministering healing on Facebook?"
"I was really nervous," I answered. I am not nervous about that at all anymore.
He continued, "How about when you began preaching?"
I remembered how hard that was and answered, "It felt so awkward." Now, I LOVE to preach.
"How about when you first held a healing meeting?" he asked.
I chuckled a little bit to myself. "I was so afraid that no one would be healed." Now, I feel very relaxed that God is faithful to heal.
That was the end of the conversation, but I got the message.
What if faithfulness is not just doing the same thing over and over again? What is faithfulness looks more like stretching a little farther all the time? What if faithfulness is pushing away fear and stepping out into something new?
There it is! In the parable of the talents, the men who multiplied their talents did so by taking RISKS.
So go out there and be faithful. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something new. Remember that in the parable of the talents, the faithful ones were promised JOY and INCREASE.
Going for it!
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