Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Responsible Resource Management
His master said to him, well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much, enter into the joy of your master (Matthew.25:23).
The eschatological discourses or narratives about Christ's second coming are documented in Mathew chapters 2 4 &25.The heavenly father has provided the resources for everyone. But unfaithfulness in the management led to the scarcity of resources. As a result of this the gap between the rich and the poor has been widened. Some commentators have in mind that this parable does not justify a gospel of economic prosperity.
Diversity in giving:
God knows our capabilities and He fully trusted us to venture the gifts. The master entrusting us according to our ability. Something is given to everyone. Paul says in Romans 12;6, we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. The diversified business led to the harmonious movement and growth of the community .Are we satisfied in our present assignment and the tasks? Jesus himself shares the same in His High priestly prayer, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do”. (john 17)
Taking risks in life with faithfulness and fidelity:
William Barclay says, there can be no religion without adventure, God can find no use for the shut mind. The persons who rewarded more have the strength in themselves and are ready to work. The master expects the stewards to be faithful in their duties. Maintaining the statuesque is not the Christian ethic, but to labor with Him in freedom. He will be returned and the timing is unknown. The given talents we have to use for the well being of the poor and the needy. Least resources matters in a kingdom perspective.
The person who received one talent, was less zealous about the giver, the gift and questioned the master’s generosity and love. There are challenges when we stand for new commitments. Trusting the master gives us confidence. Talents are given to serve God without selfish motives.
Proper work will be rewarded:
There is a time for all of us to be in His presence one day. Paul says each one may get a due prize what he has done in the body whether good or evil. The skills will be more sharpened and efficient when we work with it and he will enter into the master’s joy. In Lord Jesus our labor is not in vain, so we have to be steadfast and courageous. We are not the owners but servants to work for the divine kingdom. Our master is loving , generous and kind. The given advantages are not according to our merit, but His grace. The received are by the mercies of God. Idleness is always against the divine will.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we await your second coming with hope. Help us to be faithful to the gifts and the giver. Make us to use the talents for common good. Keep away from idleness and sloth and more zealous about your kingdom…Amen.
Thought for the day: “If we rest, we rust”
Rev. Sam T Panicker, Carmel MTC, Boston