But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law. Galatians 4:4-5A
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Worship Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. But be gentle and respect him. 1 Peter 3:15
Again, heaven’s kingdom realm is like the wealthy man who went on a long journey and summoned all his trusted servants and assigned his financial management over to them. Before he left on his journey, he entrusted a bag of five thousand gold coins to one of his servants, to another a bag of two thousand gold coins, and to the third a bag of one thousand gold coins, each according to his ability to manage. The one entrusted with five thousand gold coins immediately went out and traded with the money, and he doubled his investment. In the same way, the one who was entrusted with two thousand gold coins traded with the sum and likewise doubled his investment. But the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After much time had passed, the master returned to settle accounts with his servants. The one who was entrusted with five thousand gold coins came and brought ten thousand, saying, “See, I have doubled your money.” Commending his servant, the master replied, “You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you have been a faithful steward to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, ‘Come celebrate with me!’” Then the one who had been entrusted with two thousand gold coins came in and said, “See, my master, I have doubled what you have entrusted to me.” Commending his servant, the master replied, “You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, ‘Come celebrate with me!’” Then the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins came to his master and said, “Look, sir. I know that you are a hard man to please and you’re a shrewd and ruthless businessman who grows rich on the backs of others. I was afraid of you, so I went and hid your money and buried it in the ground. But here it is—take it, it’s yours.” Angered by what he heard, the master said to him, “You’re an untrustworthy and lazy servant! If you knew I was a shrewd and ruthless business man who always makes a profit, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? Then I would have received it all back with interest when I returned. But because you were unfaithful, I will take the one thousand gold coins and give them to the one who has ten thousand. For the one who has will be given more, until he overflows with abundance. And the one with hardly anything, even what little he has will be taken from him.” Then the master said to his other servants, “Now, throw that good-for-nothing servant far away from me into the outer darkness, where there will be great misery and anguish!” Matthew 25:14-30
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Our story is helping us see something of what the kingdom of heaven is like. The simple lesson of the story is that we are ones who have been entrusted with the kingdom of heaven and as such we are truly called to be good and faithful stewards who work to advance it. This is depicted for us by the three servants in our story who were each entrusted with money and must prove themselves to be good and faithful stewards by increasing (advance) it’s value. Today’s highlighted portion tells us how the first two servants did with increasing the money (earthly treasure) entrusted to them by their master who has returned from his long journey to settle accounts with his servants.
Someday we will give an account for how we did at investing the heavenly treasure which we have been entrusted with. The true essence of the kingdom of heaven is Jesus Christ himself, who in the fullness of time was sent forth (from heaven to earth) by God and born of a woman (Mary) to redeem us. Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of heaven intersecting with earth. It began when he was here in human form and continues as he manifests himself in and through us. Jesus Christ is the heartbeat of the treasure that has been entrusted to us.
When we let the realm of heaven predominate in our lives rather than the realm of earth, when we let Christ’s indwelling presence transform us and impact the people around us, and when we let Christ, as Lord of our hearts, prepare us for explaining the hope within us (the good news message) and then share it when asked, we are advancing the kingdom of heaven as good and faithful stewards. When the time comes for us to give an account to our Master, Jesus Christ, we will hear him say, “You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. You will experience the delight of your master, Come celebrate with me.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for entrusting me with heavenly treasure. Thank you for the work you are doing to help me become a good and faithful steward. Guard my heart so that the realm of heaven predominates more fully than ever over the realm of earth. I bow in surrender to your transforming presence within me. Use my changing life to impact others as you make yourself real to them through me. Prepare me for explaining the hope within me so that I readily share the Good News with those who want to hear about it from me. Amen!
Posted on Wed, December 4, 2019
by Ken Hart