Thursday, June 19, 2008

What are we doing with the gift?

What will God do with us if we do nothing with what we believe He has given us?

"But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money" (Matthew 25:18)

bury treasure

What is the amazing gift that God has given to those who have repented and put their trust in Jesus alone for their salvation? Forgiveness of Sin, Saved from Eternity in the Lake of Fire, Eternal life in heaven with our Creator, right?

So if instead of sharing the knowledge of the amazing gift of grace, we bury it away in our mind and deliberately avoid telling others because we don't want to offend anyone or make ourselves feel uncomfortable.

What does such a professing Christian say to God once it is appointed for him or her to stand before God?

"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' (Matthew 25:24-25)

What do you think God should say to a professing Christian that makes no effort to share the Good News?

"But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest." (Matthew 25:26-27)

What should God do with the gift of eternal life that was offered to the professing Christian?

"Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.' "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away." (Matthew 25:28-29)

And what will God do with the professing Christian that has beared no spiritual fruit?

"Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:30)

Jesus talked about the tares & the wheat, the goats and the sheep, the bad fish and the good fish. The false converts and the true converts.

Jesus told His followers, "Behold!" when sharing the parable of the sower of the seed" Jesus wanted those who were listening to observe with care and said, "Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?" (Mark 4:13)

If we don't understand the parable that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 13:3-52, Mark 4:3-34, Luke 8:4-18, how will we understand any of Jesus's other parables?

Look at what Jesus said in the Gospel of Luke.

"But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. "So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (Luke 8:15-18)

So after reading Jesus own words I'm reminded of 2 Corinthians 13:5,

"Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?"

Goto where Ray Comfort has created a booklet that is free online to read that helps us examine ourselves and encourage us.