Monday, September 30, 2013

Assets {Cauley's Journey Into Midwifery, part 1}

Wow. The last few months have been such a whirlwind of questions asked, prayers answered, and lessons learned. And in this tapestry of grace that we call life, we're following McCauley's thread into an exciting and challenging place. 

Before I endeavor to trace that thread for you in this latest update, I wish to provide some context.
{But stick around! At the end of this series, we have an exciting announcement to make!}

How are you changing the world?
This is the question Cauley asked herself some time ago. She knew that her life would have a very real and lasting effect, that her choices would either promote the hopelessness of humanism or the everlasting joys of righteousness. She knew that she had the privilege and duty to lay down her life for the cause of Christ. She knew that by default she was changing the world, either for good or evil, so she wanted to devote her influence upon the world to the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

~ Matthew 25:13-30 ~ 
a parable of Christ

"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

"For it will be like a man going on a journey,
who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.

To one he gave five talents, to another two,
to another one, to each according to his ability.

Then he went away.

He who had received the five talents went at once
and traded with them, and he made five talents more.

So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.

But he who had received the one talent went
and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.

Now after a long time the master of those servants
came and settled accounts with them.

And he who had received the five talents came forward,
bringing five talents more, saying,
'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.'

His master said to him,
'Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.'

And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying,
'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'

His master said to him,
'Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.'

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying,
'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow,
and gathering where you scattered no seed,
so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.
Here you have what is yours.'

But his master answered him,
'You wicked and slothful servant!
You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?
Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers,
and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.

So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance.

But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.
In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

The more Cauley and I dive in to the Word of God, the more sobered we are by reality. Everything we've been given is an asset that belongs to our Lord Jesus.

Are we being like the good and faithful servants who wisely invested everything that their lord gave them? Will we begin at once to strive to faithfully invest, cultivate and increase everything He's given us by 200%? Or will we be like the unprofitable servant and cowardly hide away the assets He has given us to steward and instead invest our time into building and protecting our own self-centered little kingdoms?

These are very important questions to my sister and I, compelling us to dig into the Scriptures given to us by our merciful Lord and Savior and to beg that He give us wisdom. He promises to generously provide wisdom to all who ask in faith (James 1).

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