December 10, 2014
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
Jesus talked a lot about his return and the end of the age. He knew he would be leaving and that it might be a long time before he returned. He used all sorts of ways to describe it. Yesterday he compared the end of the age to the arrival of the bridegroom for a great wedding celebration. The issue was being prepared by having plenty of oil in their lamps.
Today he says it will be like a man going on a journey who leaves all his wealth with his servants. Note, he didn’t give it to them. He entrusted it to them. He retained ownership, but he left them in charge of managing or stewarding it all. He gave each of the servants an amount that he knew they would be capable of managing.
The landowner’s expectation? He intended for his servants to take what he had entrusted to them and turn it into even more. He wanted the servants to take creative risks with the money. A risk means taking the chance of losing everything, but it also means the possibility of a great gain.
Imagine this situation. Jesus says to you, “I’m going to entrust you with one million dollars. This is not your money. It belongs to me, but I want you to take this money and do with it what I would do with it. Really, I want you to take this one million dollars and turn it into ten million blessings or something like that. I’m going to come back. I’m not sure when, but when I do, I want a report on what you were able to do with my money. How did you use my resources to grow my kingdom?”
Here’s the question: What would you do with the money?
Here’s the lesson. We now live in the midst of this very story. Jesus is the land owner. We are the servants. Our lives and everything we have has been entrusted to us by Jesus. He will return. We do not know when, but when he does he will want a report on what we did with all we have been entrusted with to increase his kingdom.
The Preparation for the Return of Jesus Checklist so Far:
Extra batteries for the flashlight. (check)
Strategic plan for creatively risking everything for the sake of expanding his kingdom. (in process)
PEOPLE GET READY! JESUS IS COMING.
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