Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus - The One Talent (LG51)

Mat 25:24-25  “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’"

From these 2 verses, all the servants were told to send their talents (money) into the various ministries to finance and support His servants working there so that 'our Lord can harvest where He has not sown nor scattered seeds'.

'And I was afraid' because I must be a good steward. Since I cannot find any ministry trustworthy enough to give my talent, so I hid it in the ground.

James 4:11  Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Brethren, all these brethren have heeded His callings and have gone by faith and given up their lives to serve Him against all odds and in adverse and dangerous situations. They have made themselves to be Lazarus (trusting only God, his Lord and Master for all his needs and provision), a beggar in the sight of many brethren, yet these obedient, suffering, faithful, poor and true servants, pastors and teachers are not trustworthy. Indeed, this wicked servant must be joking.

Mat 25:26, 30  “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.....  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

This wicked and unprofitable servant was cast out to the outer darkness because God had placed Lazarus in front of his gate and he knew of all his needs. Today, there are so many of His ministries needing support right before our very eyes and yet many rich men condemn them as untrustworthy, so that they can hold onto the talents thereby making themselves unprofitable in all His ministries.

Brethren, do not say that you can not find a trustworthy place to give your talents, otherwise God will judge you to be the wicked, lazy and unprofitable servant.

Mat 12:34-35  "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”