Matthew 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. (The whole parable can be read here http://is.gd/g2t97)
Yesterday I spoke about how by not being obedient to God’s will we might cause a brother or sister to also not follow in His will. Today another thought came to mind that I wanted to share.
While we can choose to not do God’s will, which could effect another’s life, too, our disobedience will not thwart God’s sovereign plan. In the parable of the talents I believe this well illustrated: God will pass us over and give to another our duty if we insist on not following Him.
For years I just figured that the talents in the parable, which represent our God-given talents and gifts, were some sort of coin. In fact, they are actually very large “chunks” of precious metal. Depending on the exact type of talent and the material they are made of, in today’s value one would be worth $5-6 million; hardly a coin! Obviously the Lord considers the gifts and talents He’s given us valuable. The question is, do we value them as much as He intends for us to?
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
I’m home from church late tonight. After services I had to take my son to the garage to pick up his car. It had been cutting out on him the last few days, nearly dying when ever he let off the accelerator. As I thought, one of the vacuum lines had dry rotted. It really is funny to think as many complicated systems as there are in a vehicle that one small hose, that doesn’t even carry any of the fluids, can totally paralyze it.
The church, especially on the local level, is very much the same way. Scripture compares it to a body, each member serving a vital function that without one it can be totally halted. Have you ever really thought about that concept? I mean really, deeply pondered it? Recently I’ve had reason to and it has given me a greater appreciation for the analogy.
Think of this: By your obedience to God’s will you could greatly impact another brother or sisters actions. If God places something on your heart to do, your doing, or not doing, what He has placed upon you might make the difference in another action that your brother/sister is called to do. And by your action or inaction you play an integral part in God’s plan going forward as He plans.
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
In Old Testament times all Hebrew males over 20 were required to serve in the army, as I believe is customary in Israel still. However, there were a number of exemptions given in the Law that allowed some to not serve. They could have a “pass” on fighting and going to war through these laws.
Today we often see folks that by-pass the way things “should” be by various means. Some times money or fame or political clout gets a person out of a jam that Joe Average would just be stuck in. And we all see the injustice in these kinds of things but rarely have the means to do anything about them.
The Bible teaches that one day there will be a righteous judgement for all by the Righteous Judge: Christ Jesus. On that great and terrible day fame, fortune nor collateral will matter, only connections. And the one connection will be this: Are you His, under His blood? How each one answers that question will determine their eternal fate, one of joy and rest or weeping and gnashing of teeth. Are you sure of your connection? Have you examined yourself to make sure as Scripture enjoins? It’s far too important a question to not know that you know that you know the answer to!
1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
He has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows. Never could there be a better Master, for his service is freedom, his rule is love. The ancient saints proved him to be a good Master, and each of them rejoiced to sing, “I am thy servant, O Lord!” I will bear this witness before my friends and neighbors, for possibly they may be led by my testimony to seek my Lord Jesus as their Master. Oh that they would do so! They would never repent so wise a deed. If they would but take his easy yoke, they would find themselves in so royal a service that they would enlist in it forever.
– C. H. Spurgeon