Bags of Gold

Matthew 25:14-30

Before we get started, let’s remember our context, Jesus is still giving His answer to this question: “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (24:3). Also, please don’t forget this is a parable, and they are not meant to be understood literally.

OK, so here we have a master, three servants, various amounts of money and a trip. The master gives each servant a certain amount of money, according to their ability, and leaves on an extended trip. While he is gone, the servants are to protect the master’s interests, and so the first two put the money to work for the master, and by the time he returns, they have each doubled his money. The third is fearful and cautious; he buries the money out back, and returns it intact, if damp and muddy, to his master. The master’s reactions to the three were different. For the first two, who had brought him a very nice return on his cash, he rewarded them generously, but the master was furious with the third servant and had him cast out into the darkness.

The master is the Lord Jesus, who has left us with talents, abilities, spiritual gifts and manifold blessings, and who has now gone away from us. We are the servants. Our Lord will soon return, although we don’t know quite when. When He returns, He expects that we will have put out talents, abilities, spiritual gifts and manifold blessing to good use in the furtherance of His Kingdom.

When He settles our accounts, what will His reaction be? Will we be ready?

Up to this time, Jesus has focused on lack of a sign of His coming, when He spoke about the days of Noah. He has also made it quite clear that no one, not even He knows when He will return; only the Father knows. He has focused on our need to be ready when He does return, as with the parable of the 10 virgins, and here He kicks the whole thing up a notch, for being ready means that we have produced something for the Kingdom.

When we think about this, our minds might race all over the place, worrying about what it is that we are supposed to be doing with all of those abilities, talents, spiritual gifts and blessings that we have received… you mean I’m supposed to DO something?

Apparently so.

So let’s consider… here, I’ll give you a hint: What commands has Jesus given to His followers? I don’t mean teachings, parables and the like, I mean imperative voice commands?  If you are a “regular” here, you have a big advantage, because I’ve gone through this many times before…

If you can think of what He actually commanded then you will have the answer. Hint: don’t overlook the obvious.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Bags of Gold

  1. paulfg says:

    A man married a woman. “Do you (man) take this …… ?” And then sat on the sofa the rest of his life expecting to be waited on hand and foot. The divorce lawyer asks why. The man says “When we married, I gave her my life – what more does she expect of me?”

    This parable used to bug me because I thought it unfair of God. Now it bugs me because I think we are unfair. As for the trick question. Is it …. sorry, my mind has gone blank! 🙂

  2. pipermac5 says:

    Several things come to mind as “Our master’s business”:

    1. Love God above all else.

    2. Love our neighbor as ourselves.

    3. He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you,
    But to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

    4. Love our Brothers and Sisters as Jesus loves us.

    5. Carry out the Great Commission.

    If we are doing these things, we will be prepared for His return and need not fear His return.

    Blessings!

    Steve

  3. bcaudle77 says:

    Thanks Don!

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