What Jesus Did! 'A Hard Man?' — Matthew 25:24-27

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"Then the servant that got one bag of money came to the master. The servant said, 'Master, I knew that you were a very hard man. You harvest things you did not plant. You gather crops where you did not put any seed. So I was afraid. I went and hid your money in the ground. Here is the one bag of money you gave me.' "The master answered, 'You are a bad and lazy servant! You say you knew that I harvest things I did not plant, and that I gather crops where I did not put any seed. So you should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would get my money back. And I would also get the interest that my money earned.'"
— Matthew 25:24-27 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 25:24-27 NLT —  The servant said, 'Master, I knew that you were a very hard man.

Key Thought

Fear is such a debilitating and limiting emotion, especially when it comes to God. Yes, we must approach God with reverence and awe. Yes, we must realize our insignificance in the face of his greatness and majesty. Yes, we must acknowledge our sinfulness in the face of his holiness. But, God has called us and adopted us into his family. He has made us his children and given us his Spirit to live inside us. Our relationship to God must be based on a reverential and respectful fear, not a debilitating and cowardly fear. Just as God supplied Moses to lead the Israelites with power he did not know he had, so he will supply us with power if we will seek to serve him with boldness for his glory and not our own! We must not be slaves to fear.

Today's Prayer

Holy and Most High God, you alone are worthy of my worship, my love, and my awe. No one and no thing compares to your grandeur and majesty. I am humbled and exhilarated that you have adopted me into your family and have beckoned me to call you my Abba Father. Please cast all fear out of my heart and fill it with your all sufficient and mighty love. I want to bring you praise and your people your blessing without fear and without hesitancy. To the glory of and in the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord and King. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:19-24
  • Rom. 8:14-17
  • 1 John 4:13-18


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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