Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus and the One Talent (LG51)

Mat 25:14-15 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey."

Our Lord recognized them as His servants so they are born again Christians with the Holy Spirit as their seals of redemption. As His servants, they must have been regularly helping and participating in activities of the church - e.g bible study, prayer meetings, worship services, caring of the poor, visitations of sick in homes, hospitals, prisons, etc. Because of their willingness to serve Him, God gave them the Spirit of wisdom to help them (just like the craftsmen the temple of God in the OT) to obey and keep His words and commandments.

Mat 7:24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock"

First hurdle to Perfection

Mat 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

Before our Lord can baptize any of His servant (including  pastors, bishops, televangelists, Christian and cell leaders, religious Christians, etc.) with the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth, he must first be found faithful to the unrighteous mammon which God will put under stewardship so that the whole Body of Christ will receive their food in season. In the NT church, Christian sold all and give it to the church (Act 4:34-35)

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. 'So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' "

This mammon when bank and interest are mentioned to prevent covetous pastors from taking it as spiritual gifts.

Wicked: - Our Lord found that His end time pastors and servants are unfaithful to mammon for most of them are lovers of money, lovers is themselves, etc. (2Tim 3:1-8). They have enriched the church, and themselves, This has caused His various ministries to be in great need. Christian Charitable Homes are badly hit for hardly churches support them. Most of their financial supports come from non Christians. Temple-run charitable homes are financially sound for non Christian are trying to prepare their eternal future with sacrifices.

Lazy - these covetous pastors, church leaders and rich will rather hoard the money than search for the poor and destitutes to meet their immediate needs.

The stoppage of funds into His various ministries by these wicked servants have caused many missions and charitable homes to close.

No wonder, all these wicked, lazy and unprofitable servants will be cast out

Mat 19.23-24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."