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It’s like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and loaned them money to invest for him while he was gone.”  Matthew 25:14

The belly button marks the place at which the nutritional “life line” from your mother was attached to you. This permanent scar is a reminder of a profound truth: life is a GIFT! Grace is given to us through Jesus (the umbilical cord) so that we are enabled to achieve the purpose for which the Creator designed us.

Fundamentally, Father loans you three commodities: Time, Talent and Treasure. “It’s like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and loaned them money to invest for him while he was gone” 78

TIME! How many days will you live? Obviously, you don’t know! What you do know is this: when you wake up in the morning, your “aliveness” is a gift. You neither earned nor purchased it. So, “teach us to use wisely all the time we have” 79

TALENT! Consider your unique personality and talent mix. Did you purchase it/them at Niemen Marcus? Here’s what the Manual says: “You shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me in my mother’s womb” 80

TREASURE! Much advertising appeals to our sense of entitlement. “You’ve work long and hard! You deserve this!” However, a smidgen of honesty reveals the truth. Yes, we work hard; but with the time and talent that have grace-fully been given! “Every good endowment that we possess and every complete gift that we have received comes from the Father above”81

Sometime later the master returned and called them to give an account of how they had used his money 82. As with any financier, Father wants a return on His investment. How’s your account in His portfolio?

78 Matthew 25:14
79 Psalm 90:12
80 Psalm 139:13
81 James 1:17
82 Matthew 25:19