"Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have."(Luke 8:18)
In this verse there are two different groups of people represented, those that have and those that have not!! Jesus says that if you have, then you will be given more but if you don't have, what you don't have will be taken away. If you will look closely at the verse you'll see the words "seemeth to have", because we assume people have a good heart because they look good on the outside. We make the mistake of thinking that just because someone has something in their hands that it's in their hearts to use it for God. Jesus makes it very clear that He knows the difference between service with heart and service without heart. If God has blessed your hands with talents and gifts to use for Him but you don't have the passion to do so, you will have it taken away. You will look down one day and what you once had will be gone because you never had the passion in your heart to use it for the Kingdom. "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath."(Matthew 25:18-29). You will look up one day and what you once did for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, someone else will be doing, because you didn't appreciate what you had!! You will be lonely, empty, and regretting the years you missed. Those of you that have your hands to the plow and you have plowing in your heart, to you more will be given in ABUNDANCE!! The God of the harvest will make sure you are blessed by the harvest when the crop comes in and it WILL come, just keep plowing!! GOD IS FAITHFUL!!
Scott L. Boatner