To hear the words…

Posted: November 14, 2013 in The Kingdom Of Heaven
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“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver  to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.  The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.  The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.  But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.  After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.  The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’  The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!  The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’  The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!

Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.  I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’  But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.  To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.  Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  (Matthew 25: 14-30)

Every day we are given is an opportunity to fulfill The Great Commission of Christ in any way we can.  We each have different personalities and abilities and God has given us freedom to choose what we would like to do with what he’s entrusted to us. We come in every color, age, shape and size; introverts, extroverts, rich, poor, solitary, influential, physically able or disabled.  If we are professing Christians, we have work to do.

May none of us ever hear the dreaded words, “You wicked and lazy servant!” for having contributed nothing to His Kingdom after accepting the gift of His only Son’s blood as a ransom for our lives.

If we aren’t putting thought and energy into how we are shining the Light inside of us outward to this dark world, we’re failing Christ.  There are too many options for none of them to fit our circumstances, so we have no excuse.  We must seize any opportunities that we can to ensure that we get to hear the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” when our King returns home.  Be inspired by Jesus’ parable, embracing a healthy dose of the Fear of the Lord, and get to work while there is still time.  None of us knows when our time is up!

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