Daily Bible Reading for Thursday, February 22nd:

Why the One Talent Man Got it Taken From Him

Biblia ectypa : Bildnussen auss Heiliger Schrifft Alt und Neuen Testaments - 1695 - Johann Christoph Weigel

Biblia ectypa : Bildnussen auss Heiliger Schrifft Alt und Neuen Testaments – 1695 – Johann Christoph Weigel

My light isn’t so bright sometimes.

I know you know what I mean … It is hard to add a new activity to our routine, or take on a new responsibility. No matter how much the church needs something or could benefit from it, it is easy to let someone else take care of it.

That is a dangerous place to be!

I’ve pointed out before that Jesus chose busy people to be his disciples. In Mark 4:21-25, he is using the shining light parable to tell us just how important he considers our productivity in the kingdom. The passage makes three points:

  • The higher we hold up a light, the brighter it shines.
  • The bigger the measure we offer, the more abundant our return
  • The more we have, the easier we will acquire

That last point, taken from Mark 4:25 is often hard to understand in the context of Jesus’ parables. Jesus also made the same statement about the man with one talent: (Matthew 25:19-29)

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. – Matthew 25:29

This is what Jesus was trying to teach us with that lesson: Those who are not diligently doing the work of the master will find themselves unable to please him at any level! So much so that even what little skill and knowledge they have acquired will also be useless. We can see how that applies very easily to …

  • Knowledge – The more we keep up with Bible study, the more the scriptures make sense
  • Skills – The more we participate in the needs of the church, the easier it is to do so
  • Effort – Momentum applies to the busy and the lazy, just like a stone on a hill
  • Responsibility – Those who accept responsibility are trusted with even more responsibility

One of the threads that run throughout the New Testament is that Christians are to be giving and productive workers – even at the expense of everything else. Jesus told us time and time again that God is going to frown upon those who didn’t participate to the level he requires. He wants us out there doing the things that will make the kingdom grow –

It is hard work …

It is usually thankless …

But the retirement is excellent!

About Butch Adams

In addition to writing this blog and contributing elsewhere, I have served as elder and deacon in the various places I have worshiped. In these duties, I have concentrated my attention on the area of education - both in outreach to seekers through the Internet and inside the congregations for ongoing Bible scholarship. Comments and thoughts about referenced material in the article above are Copyright 2018 by Butch Adams . Any referenced material belongs to its owners and every attempt has been made to use it according to their wishes.

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