I listened to a gentleman on the radio recently and though I don’t remember who it was, he made a statement that has stayed with me. I believe he was quoting someone in his past, but he said when we get to Heaven and stand before God, He will ask us two questions. First He will ask, "Did you bring anybody with you?" Then God will ask, "What did you do with what I gave you?" Right away I thought of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. I believe the talents represent all that God has given me to work with in my service to Him. It doesn’t matter what or how much I am given but how well I use what I have. Did I use it wisely or was it wasted? Was it used to help spread the Gospel to those who have never heard? Did I pray and watch for opportunities to serve Him? Will there be souls in Heaven because of how I used my gifts?

When God asks, "Did you bring anybody with you?" what will I say? Should I have a list of names? Can we just count the ones who stand close by? What about the seeds I planted but then was not there for the harvest? I know there were times I watered but never saw those souls again.

I believe I will try to do my best to use all that God gives, whether it’s time, talent, gifts, or opportunities to serve Him. I would like to know that none of it was wasted. For those who come with me I believe I will leave the counting to Him knowing He sees and knows them all.

It’s a blessing to know I can do my part in the battle for souls, using all that He gives me, according to His will and His way.

Published in the Countryside Baptist Church bulletin February 17,2019.