Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus - Where Is Lazarus? (LG50)

The Parable of the Talents will teach you where you should invest the money (talents) under your stewardship. Please read this parable carefully in Mat 25:14-30

Matthew 25:14  “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."

Firstly, this parable is about the kingdom of heaven and we must try to understand the hidden mysteries within. Our Lord gave enough money (5, 2,  and 1 talent) to each servants to invest.

Mat 25:19    After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

When our Lord comes back (at their death or Rapture), He will require each to give reports on their investments.

Mat 25:20-21   “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Our Lord commended the faithful servant for earning the maximum returns from investing all his 5 talents.

Mat 6:19-20   “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."

Since the Lord warned us not to lay up treasures on earth but in heaven, then the maximum return (5 talents) is for heavenly rewards.

Eph 4:11-13   And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

This wise servant has given his 5 talents to Lazarus in the mission fields, where all the 5 ministerial gifts of Christ are in operation.

  1. Apostle- plant churches
  2. Prophet- warn of sins and heresy
  3. Evangelist- preach to the world
  4. Pastor- caring for the sheep
  5. Teacher- feeding the word of God

This faithful servant will enter into the joy of God and will be rewarded to be a king in heaven with our Lord Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Similarly, the wise servant who gives his 2 talents to Lazarus in poor churches, charitable homes and organisations where these 2 gifts are in operation;

  1. Pastor- caring for the sheep
  2. Teacher- feeding the word of God

will also receive the same rewards as the servant with 5 talents.