In our last blog we dealt with (Matthew ch;25:1-13):
Today we are moving on from verse 14.
Here, Jesus continuing with the parables, told of a man who before embarking on a journey into a far country, called his servants and delivererd unto them his goods.
The Bible recorded that he gave five talents to one and to another two, and to another one. These talents were given to each according to his ability.
This master must have been with his servants for a reasonable amount of time, to know their abilities. He left on his journey immediately.
Verse:16; tells us that he who was given five talents went and traded with it and made five extra talents. Likewise he who was given two talents made two talents extra, but he that was given one talent went and buried his in the earth.
Wow! Quite interesting! I wonder how many of us today have buried our talents in the earth or hidden them under the cloak of fear, I can’t, it’s too hard, I’m too young, I’m too old, there’s still time, it can wait till tomorrow or next week or next month or next year.
Let’s continue reading, verse:19; “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them”
I’m using king James version(kjv) for anyone who is not familiar with the cometh/ reckoneth.
During the time of reckoning he that received five talents presented to his master five extra talents making it ten, and his master of course was happy and congratulated him with such beautiful words,
vs21; “well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord”.
He that was given two talents also told his master that he made two extra talents, a total of four talents, this also impressed his master who also congratulated him with similar words as of the first, then came the servant that received one talent and said to his master,
Vs 24-25, “I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo there thou hast that is thine”.
Here was a servant who was an employee that didn’t trust his master at all, he is in it for the monthly paycheck.
How many of us are truly enjoying our jobs?
I will be honest, I have been in one those jobs where you are there for the pay check at the end of the month, every day you say to yourself, if I have an alternative I will not go back there.
My consolation in those moments was to encourage myself in the Lord like David did and Ask God for strength and courage for the day ahead.
We are told in Matt:24; 13, that he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.
Sometimes it’s easy to sit in one’s comfort zone and pass judgement on others. Earlier in the chapter we read about the five wise and the five foolish virgins. It’s easy to say I won’t do that if I was there. I would have taken everything I needed. Let me ask you one question, how ready are you now for the second coming of Jesus Christ? The answer to this question, gives you a better understanding.
I have heard preachers condemn Sarah for trying to help God fulfill his promise to Abraham, some blame Rebecca for preferring Jacob over Isau.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree hundred percent that the birth of Ishmael has wrecked havoc on earth and we Christians are still suffering tremendously as a result, but life goes on, we need to do our best by God’s grace to make it into heaven and perhaps when we get there we can question them starting from Eve, why they put us in so much pain, that’s if the joy of being in the presence of our father will allow us to remember such. I believe once we enter heaven the sufferings we encountered on earth will not matter any more.
Facing life’s challenges and frustrations daily, we need to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s read the master’s response to this servant.
Verse 26; “…… Thou wicked and slothful servant,……….. 27; thou oughtest to have put my money with the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury”.
After this, the master ordered that his talent be taken from him and be given to the one with ten talents, and that he should be cast into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, life is full of challenges but please don’t give up, don’t compromise at all, yes there is suffering and pain in this world but the Bible tells us in the book of Rom: ch8;18,”…….the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”.
Jesus said, we shall have tribulation in this world but we should be of good cheer because he already overcame the world.(John: 16;33). We must not give up.
I pray we will not regret when it is already too late saying if only I had known, I would have done things differently. Remember there is no repentance in the grave. We have all the time now to make things right with God and with our fellow human beings, while we are in this mortal body relying absolutely on the Grace of almighty God.
Hebrews:12;1 tells us, ” …….. let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, vs 2; Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ”
Let’s make good use of our God given talents in Jesus name.
With God all things are possible. Matthew: 19;26b.
We shall make it in Jesus mighty name.
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God bless you in Jesus name.