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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|FEBRUARY 1, 2015
|FEBRUARY 8, 2015
|FEBRUARY 15, 2015
|FEBRUARY 22, 2015
|MARCH 1, 2014
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“For I say unto you, that unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not,
even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” (Lu. 19:26)
The word “hath” at the beginning of this verse means more than mere possession. It includes the
idea of obeying what we have been taught and of using what we have been given. In other words,
it is not just what we have but rather what we do with what we have.
Here is a great principle for us, then, in the study of the Bible. As we follow the light which we
receive, God gives us more light. The man who makes the best progress in the Christian life is the
one who is determined to do what the Bible says, even if he doesn’t see anyone else around him
doing it. In other words, it isn’t a matter of one’s intelligence quotient. What really counts is his
obedience quotient. The Scriptures open up their treasures most readily to the obedient heart.
Hosea said it well: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord” (6:3). The more we
practice what we have been taught, the more the Lord will reveal to us. Information plus
application leads to multiplication. Information without application leads to stagnation.
The principle applies also to the use of our gifts and talents. The man whose pound increased to
ten pounds was given authority over ten cities, and the man whose talent gained five pounds was
given rule over five cities (Mt. 25:16-19).
This shows that the proper discharge of our responsibilities is rewarded with greater privileges
and responsibilities. The man who did nothing with his pound lost it. So those who refuse to use
what they have for the Lord eventually lose the ability to do so. “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
We know that when we fail to use any part of the body it atrophies or wastes away. It is through
constant use that normal development takes place. So it is in spiritual life. If we bury our gift,
either through timidity or laziness, we will soon find that God has put us on the shelf and is using
others in our place.
Therefore it is of utmost importance that we obey the precepts of Scripture, claim the promises
and use whatever abilities God has given us.
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of four
grown children and grandparents to eleven
grandchildren. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for
many years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher of one of our adult elective
classes. He and Anne have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel since the mid 1950s.
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917 - 2007