Time, Talents, and Tithe
October 11-17, 2020 – Milton Dalida
It’s takes time to learn a new skill or talent. It takes even longer to become a pro at it. Have you ever noticed that many of the skilled or talented individuals usually started at a young age and that it’s more difficult to start when you’re older? I’m experiencing that now.
I started playing tennis at the age of 2 years old. I became a nationally ranked player by 12 years old. Near the peak of my tennis endeavors I decided to follow Jesus and got baptized. Since then, I’ve been trying to find another skill or talent that I can use to serve Jesus. So, off and on for many years I’ve been trying to learn to play the guitar, saxophone, flute, and piano. It’s been a humbling experience and frustrating to start over as a beginner. But, then I remembered what it took to excel in tennis. It took time, practice, and sacrifice.
In this time in history, we are experiencing the end time prophecies as explained in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Jesus is coming soon and we need to be prepared. You don’t want to be locked out like the foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). And, if we don’t start using our talents (your skills, your time, your finances, your resources) for Jesus now, then it can be taken away and given to someone else who can use it to bring others to Jesus (Matthew 25:14-30).
“Time is of the essence”. If you’re a student and you have a test coming soon, then start studying now. If you’re going on an extended vacation, then start preparing earlier than later. If you want to be able to play a new instrument for your church family, then start practicing now. If you believe that Jesus is your Creator, Savior, and that He’s coming again soon, then prepare now! Why? Well, when that time comes and you’re not ready to take the test, to go on vacation, play the worship songs you were supposed to play, then sadly it’s too late. Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready?
All things (time, talents, and resources) belong to the Lord (Deuteronomy 10:14). We acknowledge that by honoring Him (Proverbs 3:9) by giving our tithes (Deuteronomy 14:22). Our financial income is also our livelihood. So we’re also putting our trust in God that He will take care of our finances when we tithe. After all, Jesus gave up His whole life for us on the cross. If you think about it that way, a tenth (tithe) of our time and talents is the least we can do to honor Jesus for our salvation.