- Jeremiah 23:1-8
- Jeremiah 38:1-28
“Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.” –Jeremiah 32:2-4, ESV
What are you doing with the provisions God has provided you? The Great Provider loves to bless His people. Some blessings are for us to enjoy with the Lord, to see His great hand and understand HIs deep love. Some blessings are for all of those reasons and to be shared with others.
Has He given you the gift of prophecy? If you only keep those prophetic words to yourself when He has called you to speak them to others, what fruit can that bear?
Has He given you the gift of teaching? Maybe you have used it well. But maybe the Spirit is nudging you to do more, different, better. Jesus may be calling you deeper in your study that the fruit seen in His people may be all the more rich. If you stay where you are, safe in what you know, your gift will wither.
Has He given you the gift of hospitality? Maybe it is time to open your doors to another group, a different clan. Maybe your table is meant to be a place of reckoning. Where meals were once gatherings of laughter-filled fellowship, maybe He is calling you to shift focus. Maybe it is time that the feasting table transition to be the place where broken relationships begin to mend.
Whatever your gift, wherever He has placed you, seek Him to know if you should be stretching a bit further, shifting the angle a bit over, or even pulling in and re-grouping. Your gifts and blessings are meant to fulfill the abundant life He promises. Seek Him well to know where you should go with them next.