THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
ENTRUSTED BY THE MASTER
November 16, 2014
Today’s gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
“It will be as when a man who was going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.”
(v.14). That is exactly what Jesus has done in relation to
us. His most prized possession is salvation, won by him on
the cross. Such salvation restored us to the Father, and is
the key to entry into eternal life. Now Jesus has gone back
to heaven, and has been away on a very long journey, but will
be back. While he is away, the work continues, and so he called
his disciples before he ascended to heaven and issued to them
the Great Commission, to proclaim the gospel throughout the
earth. Jesus entrusted them with the gift of salvation. That
is our task as well.
we are all called, but we are equipped differently. Some are
given five talents, others two, still others one (v.15). What
is expected of all is the same--to use our talents to further
the interests of God.
Jesus returns, there will be a reckoning. “After a long
time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts
with them.” (v.19). What will Jesus be looking for?
It will be fruit according to one’s given abilities.
To those who use their God-given talents to make a profit
for the Kingdom, Jesus will commend them. “Well done,
my good and faithful servant.” (v.21a). Jesus will express
his joy and invite them to the banquet of the Kingdom. “Come,
share your master’s joy.” (v.21c).
other thing that Jesus does for his faithful servants seems
to be something that happens in the here and now, and not
at the end of time. “Since you were faithful in small
matters, I will give you great responsibilities.” (v.21b).
Jesus starts us off with small tasks, then, as we are faithful,
entrusts more and more to us. This happens to individuals
as well as to communities. For this to happen is a great privilege.
This is not to be seen as being further burdened. Though indeed
the work becomes harder and more challenging, the burden continues
to be light (as we are yoked with Christ), and is a joyful
third servant however did not make use of his given talent.
A reason he gave is that he was afraid, because his master
was a demanding person (v.25a,24b). When we are faced with
the demands of the Kingdom and of mission, do we become afraid?
To the point of inaction? Or worse, to the point of turning
away from our commission? Perhaps we are afraid to fail? But
what is required of us is just fidelity; the fruit is up to
God calls everyone, and God equips everyone. If we turn away
from our call, then we will be punished. Why? Because God
entrusts His divine work to us, and equips us, but we do nothing
about it. We turn our back on Him. We might become the cause
of someone not receiving the salvation God intended for him
through our efforts. We must realize how serious our call
when we do not use our talent for the Kingdom, we are not
only lazy, but God considers us evil! “You wicked, lazy
servant!” (v.26a). Why? Because if we do not gather,
we scatter. If we are not for God, then we are against God.
There is no place for the fence-sitter. You are either one
of the other. The consequences are severe. Our talent is taken
away (v.28), and we will be thrown out into the darkness (v.30).
Why? Because we are a useless servant (v.30a).
faithful one, on the other hand, receives even more (v.28).
is our choice. Be thrown “into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth,”
(v.30), or share the Master’s joy in heaven. That should
not even be a choice at all.
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