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Online Worship Theme: Carry More and Receive More

God is the initiator!  God is the investor!  God is going to settle accounts with you in His time.

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Scripture - Matthew 25:14-30
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  ..."

(From the NIV version of the Bible, 1984)

Biblical Reflection:

(Read the Scripture first.)  God wants to give you more!  Isn't that great and encouraging?  God expects you to carry more as you love Him.  Do you remember a moment when you were carrying a cup of hot coffee on your way to workplace?  You love hot coffee so much and carry it carefully not to spill.  At times, if you want to get more, then you need a bigger cup to hold more hot coffee and not to spill.  In an English dictionary, talent means a natural ability.  In Greek, however, talent means a sum of money.  The scripture addresses the significance of utilizing the talents entrusted to the servants of a master.  Jesus promised his followers his return.  How do we keep watch during our wait time for Jesus' return?  How should we respond to Jesus?

1. God gives you according to your ability.

In this parable, it is obvious that the master was wealthy and diligent enough to see how his property would be cared and managed by his servants.  He didn't want his property to be uncared and unmanaged.  He divided his talents among his servants according to their abilities.  He wanted them to be cared well, invested, and even multiplied while he was gone for a long time.  The first servant received five talents; the second servant two talents; and the third servant one talent.  We can see significant differences in ability and thereby the master's close relationship to his servants.  He knew them very well, personal ability, strengths, and weaknesses.  God recognizes each person as unique, giving each one as much as he could handle.

2. Invest "talents" that were entrusted to you.

The talents in this parable represent any kind of resources that God has entrusted to us.  These talents include, but not limited to, time, abilities, education, training, and financial resources.  After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The first servant who had received five talents brought another five talents; the second who had received two talents brought another two talents; the third who had received one talent brought one talent. The master praised the first two servants for their fruitful work saying "Well done, good and trustworthy servant" and put them in charge of many things.  However, listen to what the master said to the third servant, "You wicked and lazy servant."  He even commanded other servants to take one talent away from him and give it to the first servant who carried more.

Each servant had enough time to invest and make profits with the entrusted money. The master invested his property on each of his servants, five talents to the most capable servant, two talents to the next capable one, and one talent to the least capable servant.  He expected them to make profits and to increase their talents while he was gone.  This is about investment to each individual!  God wants you to be a worker as part of His kingdom.

3. Increase God's glory and receive more.

The first two servants had lived and served their master for a longtime.  They used the period of time as an opportunity to know their master, to grow a loving relationship, and even to build up a growing working relationship.  They must have learned that their faithfulness would not only increase their serving capacity but also have him pleased with more of the talents (in other word, "fruit").  Their increased serving capability led to increased reward from their master.

Carry more of God's glory as you increase your capacity to serve.  Revisit the least capable servant who returned only what he had received.  Even though he had lived for his master, he developed neither a loving relationship nor a working relationship.  Rather he was quick to judge his master and make excuse to defend his irresponsible attitude.  Even with one talent, this servant did nothing, not even make a deposit with the bankers.  He did not increase the glory of his master.

God has made his divine deposit on you and expects you to carry it carefully and bring more.  Remember that the first two servants increased his glory, carrying more carefully and entering his joy.  Jesus is coming back as we understand the Bible.  We must give an account of how we have dealt with the divine deposit "talents" that God gave us.  Don't spill the divine talent that God has deposited in your heart.  Carry more carefully as God entrusts you with more.  In His time, we will receive more as we carry more of God's presence (and God's glory), moving from one place to another.  God is good!

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The Grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you as you strive to live a godly life.

Serve Jesus by serving other people in acts of kindness.  Amen.  God is good!

Paul Lee
CLJ Minister


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