Restless Purpose

Lately, I’ve been feeling some kind of restless feeling of wanting to do things better then I have before.  I look back sometimes and I’m amazed and what I’ve been able to do in the short time I have already had on this earth.  I feel very blessed…

I was reading the parable of the talents recently as it was told in Matthew 25:14-30 as well as Luke  19:12-27.  Each person was given gold in bags from their master.  They were given a portion of the master’s greatness and wealth.  In fact, a talent was one of the largest measurements of currency at the time.  So this was a big deal especially because someone’s greatness in the culture of that time was determined largely by their wealth.  Two of the servants went and invested that gold, so that they had something to show for the time they were given before their master returned.  But one of the servants simply went and hid his gold.  Personally, I always think, “what the heck?  Why would you do that?”  It’s kind of like jamming you wallet down in the couch, sitting there all day, not going to work, and expecting to make money.  Not going to happen.  But the two others went out, worked hard and made something happen!

Now, let’s go back.  Way back…to the creation of the world.  God Almighty spoke the world into existence and created everything out of nothing.  But He saved the best for last.  He created man completely different from anything else.  He created man in the image and likeness of Himself and breathed the breath of life into him.

How does this tie in the story of the talents?

Not only has God created us in His image and likeness, He has entrusted us with a gift like the servants received from their master.  We have been given a portion of our Master’s greatness that we must invest during our lifetime.  It’s a process of hard work and dedication to the cause or calling that God has laid out before us.  Maybe it’s a spiritual gift or a practical skill that we use in our occupation.  We must invest it wholeheartedly and responsibly.  That doesn’t mean we will never make a mistake or lose something we’ve gained, but more of a continual process of pressing on and forward to the greatest reward from a faithful investment.

I am certainly earlier on in this process.  God has blessed me abundantly in the time I have lived and I am thankful for the investment He has entrusted me with.  I don’t want to miss out on anything He has planned for me.  Lately though, I’ve been pretty critical of myself in what I am working on as far as my own projects and learning as well as my work for National Community Church.  In my heart, I yearn to continue moving forward and investing in the Kingdom of God.  The hard part is the actual investing.  This uncertainty in how to reach the goals that God has set before me has definitely made me quite restless at times.

However, the master didn’t tell his servants how to invest their money or how to do anything with that money.  He gave them the order, and they needed to figure out what to do in order to meet the end goal.  That is my frustration.  I feel like sometimes, it is really difficult to find the right ways to invest.  I am always looking for new ways to do things and use what God has given me but still I always seem to wonder if I’m doing enough or if I’m trying hard enough.  Am I working on things that matter and make a difference?  Am I pushing too hard on issues that don’t matter as much as I think they do?  What can I be learning in each and every circumstance and where can I go from there?  I’m learning more and more about God each day through the investment He has placed in me and even if I don’t always do everything right, I’ll still try to head the right direction and recklessly pursue the purpose he has place in my heart and in my life.

3 Responses to “Restless Purpose”

  1. Jonathan Malm February 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I love that restless feeling. Don’t let it leave you. 🙂

    • jasoncastellente February 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      I certainly hope it wont leave me. Gotta keep pushing to keep it!

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