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 church activities – bible study, prayer meetings, worship services, caring for the poor, visiting the sick in homes, hospitals, prisons. Because of their willingness to serve Him. God runs His various ministries, just like the craftsmen when building the temple of God.
    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 with the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth, he must first be found faithful to the unrighteous mammon which God will put under his stewardship so that the whole Body of Christ will receive their food in season. In the NT church, Christian sold all and gave them 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.’ “
    Bank and interest are mentioned to prevent covetous pastors from taking them as their own spiritual gifts.

Wicked: – Our Lord found that His endtime pastors and servants are unfaithful to mammon for most of them are lovers of money and lovers of themselves (2 Tim 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 any church supports them. Most of their financial support come from non-Christians. Temple-run charitable homes are more financially sound as non-Christian are trying to prepare their eternal future with sacrifices and good deeds.

Lazy: - these covetous pastors, church leaders and the rich would rather hoard the money than searching for the poor and the destitute in order to meet their immediate needs.
    The stoppage of funds into His ministries by these wicked servants have caused many missions and charitable homes to close down.
    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.”