The Kingdom of God is like a man going on a long trip who entrusts his money to his servants. While he is away, He tells them to invest what He has given so he can receive back from them more when he returns. Each servant was given an amount according to their abilities. One was given five bags of silver, another two and the other one. The one who was given five went to work, invested his money and earned five more. The one who had two did the same. But the one who had one hid it because he perceived his master to be harsh, and lost the investment and opportunity at his master’s expense. When the master returned the one who had ten, the one who had four were rewarded. But the one who hid his money was rebuked, punished and what he was given was taken away.
All that is required of us has been given to us, through the Holy Spirit. We have God’s Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit equips us for the work and purpose He has called us to do. The true Servant desires to bear the master’s fruit because He knows the master is good. The worthless servant is not one who has come to faith through the way of salvation through Jesus Christ, but rather is an unbeliever who invests in- self, this world and its ways.
However, the believer’s work and investment into the Kingdom of God will be tested for genuineness, motivation, eternal fruit- God’s Fruit. If it is of God, it will remain, and multiplied; but if it is from self, it will be taken away and there will be no reward. If it is held back it is to the believer’s shame. If it proves to be temporal it will be burned up in the flame, but the believer will be saved.
LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you for showing me there has been times, the fruit of my labor was in vain, because of false pretense and wrong motivation. I am ashamed. When I repented you multiplied what you called me to do, and now I can give it back to you with Thanksgiving and Praise!
I love your ways, Oh LORD, I love your Word. Your Word is Truth!
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35
CR – Romans 12:3-8, Luke 13:26-27, Isaiah 26:17-18, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15