Friday, November 11, 2005

Lectionary Gospel Reading November 13th Quick Overview

Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus Parable of the Talents (Loaned Resources)

Key Verse: Matthew 25:29 "For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance" Amplified Bible (AB).

Key Word: Improve

Key Thought: Jesus is coming back suddenly and unexpectedly so keep improving what faculties and resources He has given you. He will then be pleased with you when He calls you to give an account of the
care you took of your time, talent, tasks, and treasure.

Outline of ideas presented in the text:

We, His servants, are each given a unique set of abilities and circumstances within which to live. Some are given more and some are given less. He will hold you accountable for the level in life He has placed you and the responsibilities He has placed in your hands. Stay ready, and keep improving in your responsibilities, to give Him an accounting when He returns suddenly and unexpectedly.

Some servants will be caught idle and shiftless, just settling to get by with the minimum. These servants that neglect their duties and do not improve their resources will be severely punished at the Lord's strict accounting of their life and lack of labor.

In order to work out God's special plans for our lives, He has made us unique in many ways: temperament, body type, level of health, mental acuity, talent, quantity of possessions, opportunities, etc., etc.. We each have the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower and illuninate us. The living and written Word to guide and direct us and the Church to support us in worship and service.

The more diligent use we make of these means of Grace the more fruitful we will become in our character and actions. The Lord can then entrust us with more of everything to fufuill our responsibilities to keep improving in loving Him and our neighbor. The more diligent we are in improving what we have, the more the Lord will provide to enlarge our service to Him.

KEEP IMPROVING!

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