What Jesus Did! 'Take that Gold Away?' — Matthew 25:28-30

Sunday, November 19, 2017

"{So the master told his other servants,} 'Take the one bag of money from that servant and give it to the servant that has ten bags of money. Every person that uses what he has will get more. That person will have much more than he needs. But the person that does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him.' Then the master said, 'Throw that useless servant outside, into the darkness! In that place people will cry and grind their teeth {with pain}.'"
— Matthew 25:28-30 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 25:28-30 NLT — ' Then the master said, 'Throw that useless servant outside, into the darkness!

Key Thought

While there are many talents the Lord may give us, the point of this parable is as much about our view of God and what he has given us as it is about using our talents. You see, if we are willing to take what God has given us and boldly use it, holding nothing "close to the vest," and offer it up to his glory, then he will increase our efforts. But if we do what we do, offer what we offer, and use the gifts we use constantly worried about how demanding and ruthless our master is, then what we have will be taken away. But it won't just be taken away. It will be taken from us, we will be punished based upon our neurotic fear of God (versus a reverential respect) and given to someone who is willing to boldly use it to bring honor and glory to God. This is not a reckless faith, but a bold, grace inspired adventurous yearning to do great things with the gifts God has given us. To that kind of grace emboldened heart, God gives more grace because he knows he has found a person who will share it boldly with others, just as God as shared it with us!

Today's Prayer

O Lord, forgive me for being so uninspired by the gifts you have given to me and the blessing you have entrusted me to use for your glory. I apologize for the times where I have hoarded what you have poured out so richly upon me, fearing that I might not use it acceptably when all you were wanting me to do was to use it generously. Give me a bolder heart to use the things you have blessed me with to bring you glory. In Jesus name I boldly pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt. 21:43-44
  • Luke 17:7-12
  • 2 Cor. 9:6-8

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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