Pastor Rob Sandstrom, First Congregational United Church Of Christ

 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 

Mr. Moon, the man who did so much to bring the Gospel to the blind, once addressed a large audience of blind people in England.  He said:”When I became blind as a young boy, people tried to comfort my mother because of the heavy cross with which I was afflicted.  But they were wrong. God gave me blindness as a talent to be used for His glory.  Without blindness I should never have been able to see the needs of the Blind.”

Mr. Moon consecrated his talent of blindness to the Lord—and published the Gospel in raised type in nearly 200 languages and dialects!  Can we say we have no talents or that our talents are too small?  All of God’s dispensations to us are talents which we are to dedicate to His glory – our health, our sickness, our wealth, our poverty, our time, out social position, our daily contacts.  All are talents which a merciful Father has placed into our hands for use in His service.

We gain nothing by wasting our time in idle dreaming about the talents we do not have.  Rather, we are to do our very best with the talents we do have.  If blindness can be accepted as a talent and dedicated to the service of the Savior, surely there will be no want of talents in our lives if we will but recognize them.  Out of love to the Redeemer, who gave Himself that we might live, let us consecrate our every though, our every talent, our every moment, to the greater glory of His name.

At this very moment may the eyes of our faith see the Savior standing in our midst and may we hear Him saying: 

I gave my life for thee, My precious blood I shed, 

that thou might ransomed be and quicken from the dead. 

Great gifts I brought to thee; What has thou brought to Me?

May the sincere answer of our heart be: “Thou gave Thyself for me; I give myself to Thee.”