Last week, I shared a video of a message given by our pastor at Parker Hill Church in Wilkes-Barre PA which inspired me a lot! So instead of doing a S.O.A.P. Note Bible Journal entry from my One Year Bible reading, today’s note is on Pastor Mark’s message and the Scripture he referenced – Matthew 25:14-30.
In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells a parable about a master who went on a journey. Before the master left, he gave each of his three servants some of his wealth to manage while he was away. Two of the servants invested and grew a good return on what they had been given. One buried his bag of gold in the ground. When the master returned, he rewarded the faithful servants / stewards and punished the servant who did nothing to increase what he was given.
While the entire passage is illuminating, Mark 25:29 sums it up perfectly:
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. – Mark 25:29
My first observation is that God REALLY wants us to use what we are given. If we are good stewards, he will reward us and we will have victory in our lives and in the life to come. If we are poor stewards there will be consequences.
Mark 25:29 promises that good stewards, who grow the treasure they have been given, will have abundance. To me, however, the abundance promised here doesn’t necessarily mean money or possessions because the reward the faithful servants received wasn’t money. Instead they were honored by their master and rewarded with greater opportunity to serve.
If God is the master, and in this parable he is, this is the kind of abundance those of us who love him want most! Like the servants in the story, we are stewards (not owners) insofar as nothing we have been given in life really belong to us. It belongs to God. As Christians we are called to wisely use what he has given us to expand his kingdom.
In the video, Pastor Mark does a great job of applying the truth of this parable to our retirement years. He points out that the treasure God has given us includes the skills, resources and experience of a lifetime. He reminds us that we are called to make the best possible use of it.
Since I’ve taken an early retirement, this Scripture and message really hit home!
I do feel that I am already making use of some the “treasure” I’ve been given. I am using my media experience (and creative ability) here in this blog and in my Sunday Scripture podcast. I love sharing the message of Jesus through my media and will continue to do that as long as I can.
This Spring, after much prayer, I decided to invest in this endeavor by enrolling in the Journalism and Media Writing program at our local community college. I will be beginning class in the Fall. I am also working on my writing skills and have already started my first book of Christian suspense fiction.
I didn’t think about studying as a way of growing what God has given me until I reflected on this parable. This realization came at a perfect time because, the truth was, I was beginning to doubt.
Thanks to Pastor Mark’s message I began to think about ALL of my past experience. As a result I decided to reactivate my Nursing license and look into Life Coaching certification as a possible adjunct to media. Maybe someday I will see coaching clients in the same home office where I once read cards.
God really does turn everything to good!
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for the treasure you have entrusted me with. Thank you for my experience, my training, my abilities and for every lesson I have learned in life. Thank you for my Church and for your Word and the guidance which flows through them. I know that you are the source. Please help me and guide me to make the best possible use of what I have been given. Let me make a difference and help advance your kingdom here on earth. Bless me with abundance and victory in my life in whatever way you have intended. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Please note: This week got very busy for me between writing, research and time spend on hold with the State Board of Nursing. While I did come up with a nice idea for the Sunday Scripture podcast, I just didn’t get the time to develop it properly. Please tune in next week at ScriptureSunday.com, here on this blog or by listening in on the Podbean, Stitcher or iTunes podcast apps.
Next Week’s One Year Bible Readings
Next week’s reading in the One Year Bible (which can be read in the Bible of your choice) is:
1 Kings 7:1-51
1 Kings 8:1-66
1 Kings 9:1-10:29
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
1 Kings 14:1-15:24
1 Kings 15:25-17:24
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