Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spiritual Theme: Good Stewardship

Thanks to Pastor Ben at Faith Alive in Jos, Nigeria for sharing a recent spiritual theme based on Matthew 25. To paraphrase the scripture, a man preparing for a journey entrusted his wealth to three servants according to their ability. The first servant received five bags of gold, the second servant received three and the third servant received one. This sounds like a math problem, but's basically a spiritual test.

When the master returned, the first two servants had doubled the bags of gold. The master said to each of them, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

But the third servant had safely hidden the one bag of gold in a hole in the ground. His master chastised that servant, calling him wicked, lazy and worthless before having him thrown outside into the darkness.

It migiht be easy for us to identify with or judge the third servant. Either way, Pastor Ben asks us to examine ourselves. He says: “Pause for a moment and list out what you think you have received from God.

• How long or short is your list?
• How can you rate yourself in regard to faithfulness with what you have received?
• What are your scores in the area of profit-making with what you have received as listed?

Let not what you received stop at you. Pass it on to bring in more to God. Don’t lose them. Don’t exchange them for the pleasures of this world. Keep and use them. For how you use them will point to how your eternity shall be. May we not dash the expectations of our master when he comes.”

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