Parable of the talents

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’          Matthews 25:14-30.

When the Lord created us He created us with gifts and talents.  When we come to Christ we are called to be faithful stewards of the life God has given us.  Our life is not actually our own, but we have been given life by the Lord.  When we come to Christ we are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  Jesus is to be the priority of our lives.  Everything we do should have the desired and end result of seeing God’s kingdom go forth.

But the very sad truth is that there are those in the body of Christ instead of using the gifts and talents God has given, they instead hide them and never use them.  When we stand before the Lord some day we will give an account of our lives before Him.  We will give an account of our faithfulness of what we have been given.  We will not be compared with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, but will give an account of how truly faithful we were.

There is nothing that will be hidden from the Lord when we stand before Him.  Those who have lived a compromised life and lived a life of lukewarmness will have a frightening experience when they stand before Jesus.  Today in the body of Christ the message of God’s grace has been compromised.  There are many who truly believe that God’s grace allows us to live in disobedience because God’s grace will simply cover it.  What they fail to understand is that God’s grace is an enablement to be able to walk in obedience before the Lord.

This has taken place because many have compromised the truth of the gospel for the love of money and the love of fame.  Many out there simply desire to use the name of Jesus to build a kingdom on the earth for their own name.  They pervert the gospel and those who follow these ministers and are part of their ministry suffer as a result.  They live under a delusion believing they are following Jesus Christ, when in fact they are still in bondage because they have not turned from the ways of the world.

Jesus is returning soon.  We are at the end of the church age.  The Lord said that it would be like the days of Noah when He returned.  The days of Noah were marked by wickedness and violence throughout the earth and no one heeded the cry as Noah built the ark and preached of the coming flood.  The same exist today as the Lord is speaking through many of His soon coming return but so many simply ignore and go about their lives.  They fail to understand that Jesus Christ is soon returning and the trumpet shall soon sound.

Let us simply be faithful with the gifts and talents God has given us.  We are not called to live in fear, we are called to grow in the Lord daily and grow in maturity with Him.  If we will abide in Him and seek Him, His grace is sufficient for all things.  There is nothing that we will not be able to overcome in this life with God’s grace.  If you have ears to hear and eyes to see, hear and understand what the Spirit of God is saying.  His return is very soon.

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