We are stewards of the Most High God.

And we know that one of the major attributes one looks for in a steward, is faithfulness. I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey We've already established the fact that Christ is the man in the parable who has gone away to a far country. We also know that from scripture, when Jesus ascended up into heaven....He gave gifts unto men. Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Matthew 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. Just like the guy with five talents- this one put God's money to work and saw a return on his investment. Just an aside: Many of us (given two talents) would probably spend our time trying to figure out why we only received two and the other guy got five. There are many people who have a two-talent income, and yet they try to live a five-talent lifestyle (I'm resisting the urge to go on a rabbit trail here....I really am!). There are many who are envious of those with different talentsthey might be jealous of the one with five and wish that they had more responsibility- OR- they might wish that they only had one talent to take care of (less likely, but still some are very lazy and want little or no responsiblity given to them). Matthew 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. I often hear the phrase "well, it's my body and I'm not hurting anyone but myself." I Corinthians 6:19 very clearly teaches that we are not our own- we belong to God, and our bodies are His temple! Mathew 25:21 His lord said unto him, 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 Beloved, these are the words that I long to hear on that Day! Notice how the roles have been reversed. #1 The man begins as a servant/slave- he ends up a ruler

the sins of the whole world) that He didn't commit. They are angry and bitter against God. and gathering where thou hast not strawed Here's where the story takes a tragic twist..this is the perception that many have of the Lord of glory.even though he had the most talents delivered unto him. First of all. He claims that God is a "hard man". #3 He goes from being faithful over a few things to being a ruler over many! His reward is enter bliss or the "joy of thy Lord.#2 He is faithful over a few things. It is obvious that this man knows nothing about the true nature of the Lord.what a total contradiction. this servant says "I knew thee". because the circumstances of life have become so difficult and they don't understand why God hasn't (or didn't) intervene one thing I know for sure is that God loves humanity so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for crimes (i.. I can honestly say that I am not that gracious Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid. lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. it is hid to them that are lost: 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not. Lord.I think many times we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to (Romans 12:3).for if he did. reaping where thou hast not sown.. should shine unto them Many people struggle with the issues of unfairness in life. Why do good people die young? Why are there starving people in third-world countries? Why are there natural disasters? And the list goes on and on. he still is only commended for being faithful over a few. I knew thee that thou art an hard man." The imagery is clearly that of entering the gates of heaven where there are pleasures forevermore! Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said. and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo. Many believe that He is merely a heavy handed dictator of a deity than can never be satisfied. Many people will never come to Christ because Satan has blinded their minds to the way that Christ really is: II Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid. he would have joyfully used his talent for the glory of God. there thou hast that is thine .e. who is the image of God. They do not realize that Jesus Christ has satisfied the righteous demands of a holy God by shedding His precious blood! They do not realize that the gospel is the "good news" that God will forgive sinners when they simply turn to Him in repentance.

Jesus said that he who seeks to save his life will lose it. and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 21:8 But the fearful.Many are afraid of what people will think of them if they served the Lord. Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers. and I will be his God... Still others are afraid of what they might lose in earthly terms. and unbelieving. There are some who are waiting for everything to be perfect before they will do something or invest in the LORD's Kingdom. Something I have often found interesting is found in Revelation chapter 21: Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things. and whoremongers. and he shall be my son. shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.9). The truth is that there will never be a "perfect" time to do anything. and the abominable. Herein lies a great spiritual principle. and murderers. if they embrace the Kingdom of God. but he who loses his life for the gospel shall find it." I would counter that by saying "you can't afford not to" (Malachi 3:8. and all liars. I know some that say "I just can't afford to give to the Lord's work. . and idolaters.it will simply go undone. Notice there will be some in hell because they were fearful. and sorcerers. Or what about those who are afraid to invest their money in the Kingdom.

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