For the past few days I have had the privilege of being in the company of two giants in the faith. Bill Johnson and Randy Clark came to share with us on the subject of revival. One of the landmarks of their teachings is sharing the testimonies of God's supernatural activity in their meetings. As they do this the atmosphere becomes conducive for more of the supernatural. The Holy Spirit began to show me that these testimonies are like the talents the man gave to his servants when he went on a long trip.
The parable of the talents is told in Matthew 25:14-30. Verses 14 and 15 say, "He called his servants and entrusted his property to them...according to their ability." From this statement we can infer that the man knew his servants from observing the way that they conducted themselves. It was in the man's heart for his servants to succeed. Therefore, he only gave them what he knew they could handle. His expectation was that each servant would have success investing the talents that were given to them so that he would see increase and could reward them.
The servant with five talents and the one with two doubled the money entrusted to them. The servant who received one talent buried the money in the ground so that it did not increase. Because the first two servants stewarded their money well and brought their master increase they were promised more. The servant who had only one talent was condemned.
Let's apply this story to testimonies of God's supernatural activity on earth. Every encounter we have that brings heaven to earth is a gift from God. He entrusts His glory to us when we experience His signs, wonders and miracles. These, in turn, should quicken in us the desire to share about His goodness, faithfulness and love. Every testimony that glorifies God is meant to be shared multiple times. When this happens it is like making an investment for the future because the Lord rewards those who steward His glory well.
By telling the stories of revival--heaven coming to earth--we honor God, transform the atmosphere around us and make a way for more. From all that I read and hear, this is a season of increasing signs, wonders and miracles all over the world. Those who are experiencing His glory and sharing the testimonies of His Presence can expect to have more. I hope this excites you as much as it does me. More Lord!!
Joan E. Mathias