Saturday, April 26, 2008

Use It - And End Up With More

Our Promise today comes at the close of the Parable of The Three Servants. To the first servant the master gave the most money. To the second somewhat less, and to the third he gave the least. It wasn’t that he favored one servant over another – he simply was familiar with their abilities and so gave each one the amount he knew they could make good use of. Then he went on a long trip. When he returned he required that his servants give him an account of how they put the money to use. You can read the entire story to refresh your memory.(a) Basically the parable deals with our responsibility for what God has given us and the consequences which follow depending on how we use His gifts.

All of us are the recipients of all sorts of God-given gifts. Where, when and to whom we were born, are all part of our endowment, as are our abilities, opportunities, relationships and privileges, etc. His greatest gift is the privilege of receiving Christ as our savior. Receiving Christ as savior or not receiving Him has eternal consequences.

All of these things are gifts from the hands of our Master, and He is expecting us to put them to good use. There is coming a day when we will individually stand before Him and give an account of how we used what He has entrusted to us. Whether those gifts were great and numerous or whether they were average or even minuscule – it really doesn’t matter. What matters, is did we put them to good use.

The day of accounting can be a day when we happily report, “Lord, I invested what you gave me, and here is the increase it made.” And we can expect to hear the good news, “You did well, you were faithful over a few things, I will put you in charge of many things – let’s rejoice together.” ”To those who use well what they were given, even more will be given.”

The servant who got the bad news was the one who totally copped out. Afraid to take the risk of investing the money, he buried it, and then blamed his master for being unfair. His master became furious, “You could at least have put it in the bank and gotten interest on it.” He took the money from him and gave it to the one who had the most and said, “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.” This kind of language is only used of people who refuse to put their trust in Jesus.

Lets Pray –
Father, thank you for all the gifts you have so graciously given us, and for your promise to give us even more as we use well what we have. Father, fear sometimes keeps us from using your gifts. Please forgive us, and help us to overcome the fear. We long to hear your “Well done.”

(a) Matthew 25:14-30

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