Monday, 2 May 2016

BE PROFITABLE



TEXT: MATTHEW 25:14-30
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 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.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 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.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The Lord created all His children to be productive and do exploits in His kingdom. You are created to make positive impact in your generation; you are not created to be complacent or unproductive. Why? Because we are created in the likeness of God our father. Our God is never a lazy God, though He has every right to be on His throne without doing anything, yet He devoted His time into smooth running of the universe. God is a busy God that rules in the affairs of all men.
Jesus also worked during his earthly ministry. He went around doing good, healing the sick and casting out demons (Act 10:38).
When Jesus was ascending, he gave us the mandate to continue where he stopped (John 14:12). Therefore, you have no excuse to be idle or unprofitable.
There are potentials embedded in you at creation. The question is; what have you done or what are you doing with your talents?
Our anchor text talked about a parable told by Jesus, that a certain man was going on a journey and he called his servants and gave them some talents. He gave one servant five talents, he gave another two and the last servant was given one talent, each according to their ability.
These servants traded and multiplied their talents, except the servant with one talent. He dug a hole and buried his talent. When the master came back from his journey, he was very delighted with the servants that traded and multiplied their talents. The master commended them and added more for them.
When it was the turn of the unprofitable servant that buried his own talent, he told his master what he did with his own talent and he explained why he did so. The master was very angry with the servant, he scolded the servant and collected the talent back from him and added it with the servant with the five talents. The unprofitable servant was thrown into darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, despite his excuses!
No excuse is genuine to make you useless and unproductive in your life time. The master in the parable can be likened to God. If you make use of the gift that God deposited in you at your creation, you will be blessed abundantly and God will add more value into your life through your gift and talent.
On the other hand, whoever decides to be unprofitable like the servant in the parable, the person will be dealt with by God the same way the master dealt with the servant.
I pray you will not be rejected or cursed by God in Jesus name. On that day that you will give the account of your life, may you be commended and not condemned.
Make every effort to be productive in the kingdom of God; do not waste your existence. The Lord said in His word that any tree that is not bearing good fruit will be cut down and cast into fire (Matthew 7:19).
May we not be part of the wasted generation in Jesus name. Keep bearing good fruit for God as long as you live.
 
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