This is the story about the pounds. This story tells of a certain nobleman who received a kingdom, and it showed the followers of Jesus what they were to do during the time between when Jesus would leave and his Second Coming. The followers were to be unwavering and fruitful during while he was gone. Since we live during that timeframe, it applies straightforwardly to us. We have been given incredible assets to assemble and extend God's Kingdom. Jesus anticipates that we should utilize these abilities, so they duplicate, and the Kingdom develops and grows. He wants each of us to report and explain how we managed the gifts that he gave. While we are waiting for the Kingdom of God to come in glory, we must be doing the work that he gave us to do.
In verse 13:
The nobleman tells the servants to “Occupy till I come.” That means the servants were to work. We are not to get caught up sitting on the stool of do nothing. We are to be about God’s work in one way or another. Unfortunately, certain individuals who are very much aware of their capacities believe that they reserve the option to involve them however they see fit. Others feel that they have no ability by any means. Everybody has one or more “gifts” (abilities). We are to discover what our own are and use them in a like manner. Every one of our abilities ought to be utilized in serving others. Not even one of them are for our own restrictive pleasure. Peter refers to "speaking" (preaching) and "ministering" (helping).
In verses 16-19:
These men report to the nobleman and tell him what they had achieved with what had been given to them. Each time the Lord was pleased with the results of their labors. However, our honesty frequently meets its match regarding money matters. God calls us to be straightforward even in the little subtleties that we could excuse away. The wealth of heaven is definitely more significant than natural earthly wealth. However, assuming we are conniving with our natural wealth (regardless of how much or minimal that we have), we are unsuitable to deal with the tremendous wealth of God's Kingdom. We are not to neglect our honesty in trivial matters, and it will not fail us in regarding critical choices as well.
In verses 20-21:
This man did nothing with what was given unto him for he was afraid to do anything. The Lord punished him for his lack of obedience, and he states that the man condemned himself.
For what reason was the nobleman so hard on this man who had not expanded the money? He rebuffed the man since (1) he did not have the same interest in the kingdom as did the master; (2) he did not confide or trust in his master’s expectations; (3) his solitary concern was for himself (selfish), and (4) he did not do anything to utilize the money, he just held on to it, he did nothing.
A church is like a family. Each member is different with his or her own identity and personality. No two members are exactly the same. They may have similarities, but they are different. Each member has a different job or assignment to perform. Again, they may have similarities, but each is different in what task they perform and how they perform their task. This does not mean that one person is better than the other just based upon the task they have been given. No single church member is more important than any other church member. We may all have a significant role to play, but that does not mean that the church cannot proceed forward if one is missing.
How do we know if there is a Tater Family in our church? No doubt we have all met someone like this family in our church. Some people that are like this family cause problems within the church either intentionally or unintentionally.
Meet the Tater Family:
Like the nobleman in this story, God has given us gifts to use to support his Kingdom. Would we like to see the Kingdom develop and grow? Do we confide in God to rule and govern in a fair manner? Do we have concern for others' welfare as we do for ourselves? Do we faithfully use what God has given us?
God has given each of us something to work with. We have been given instructions and resources to build and expand God’s Kingdom. Have we used our talents (pounds) to multiply the Kingdom or just held on to it?
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