Monday, January 3, 2011

A Word For 2011 - It’s Time To ‘Hang Out Your Shingle!’

To ‘hang out your shingle’ means to begin working as a professional from your own office. A shingle is a small sign board that you put out to the public so that they can see it and know what you are available to do.

It’s Time To Allow Yourself And Your Gift To Be Made Known. Matthew 25:26

Concerning the servant who buried his gift or talent in the ground. Matthew 25:26 (Message Bible) “The master was furious. That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. Take it and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this ‘play-it-safe’ who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness!”

I sense the Lord saying, “It’s time to allow yourself to be made known and come forth with the gifts and the talents that I have deposited inside of you for such a time as this. I have need of you. Your gifts are not for yourself, they are for others.” Don’t be so humble that you think if you put yourself out there and let yourself be known for what God has put in you that that would be prideful. That is nothing by false humility! Romans 12:13 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” The downside of this verse is that often too many of us think of ourselves too lowly than we ought to think.

Remember we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We are not lifting up ourselves but we are lifting Him up so He can draw all men unto Himself. When we hide our gifts and talents we often hide or bury ourselves with them. 2 Timothy 1:6 “Neglect not the gift that is in you.” I believe Paul was saying to Timothy, “Stir up your gift and make it available to others.”

2011- Many Will Discover Businesses And Entrepreneurships Being Birthed In Their own Homes!

The gift of ‘helps’ is always having the desire and ability to help others. I believe if we have the desire God will see to it that the ability will be there. I believe the gift of ‘helps’ of just wanting to help people will be the womb where creativity and revelation will conceive to birth many businesses and services that have been unheard of until now.
Go Out On A Limb And ‘Hang Your Shingle Out’ There….Out On A Limb Is Where The Fruit Grows!

Many who lost their jobs thinking they couldn’t exist without it will find themselves self employed and working for a King! When Jesus said, “I must be about My father’s business,’ I believe He was referring to meeting the practical needs of people as well as their spiritual needs. All work, whatever we think is secular or spiritual is the same to the Lord. It is all His business.

Go ahead. Hang out your shingle! 


Bill Yount