Driven By The Weight Of Grace (Part 1)

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Driven By The Weight Of Grace (Part 1)

“Again, heaven’s kingdom is like a wealthy man who went on a long journey and summoned all his trusted servants and assigned his financial management over to them. Before he left on his journey, he entrusted a bag of five thousand gold coins to one of his servants, to another a bag of two thousand gold coins, and to the third a bag of one thousand gold coins, each according to his ability to manage.

“The one entrusted with five thousand gold coins immediately went out and traded with the money, and he doubled his investment. In the same way, the one who was entrusted with two thousand gold coins traded with the sum and likewise doubled his investment. But the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.

“After much time had passed, the master returned to settle accounts with his servants. The one who was entrusted with five thousand gold coins came and brought ten thousand, saying, ‘See, I have doubled your money.’

“Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you have been a faithful steward to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Enter into the joy of your Lord!” ’

“Then the one who had been entrusted with two thousand gold coins came in and said, ‘See, my master, I have doubled what you have entrusted to me.’

“Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Enter into the joy of your Lord!” ’

“Then the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins came to his master and said, ‘Look, sir. I know that you are a hard man to please and you’re a shrewd and ruthless businessman who grows rich on the backs of others. I was afraid of you, so I went and hid your money and buried it in the ground. But here it is—take it, it’s yours.’

“But his master said to him, ‘You’re an untrustworthy  and lazy servant! If you knew I was a shrewd and ruthless business man who always makes a profit, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? Then I would have received it all back with interest when I returned. But because you were unfaithful, I will take the one thousand gold coins and give them to the one who has ten thousand. For the one who has will be given more, until he overflows with abundance. And the one with hardly anything, even what little he has will be taken from him.’

“Then the master said to his other servants, ‘Now, throw that good-for-nothing servant far away from me into the outer darkness, where there will be great misery and anguish!’ ”
Matthew 25:14-30 (TPT)

The discourse on Mount Olivet went beyond answering the sign questions. It drew attention to the question of conduct of disciples with respect to:

  1. Custodianship
  2. Accountability, and
  3. Response to confidence or grace bestowed.

Having dealt with the matter of custodianship and accountability in Luke 16 in the parable of the unjust steward, we turn to the matter of response to the confidence bestowed by the Lord regarding the service we are called to.

The Lord bestows gifts to mankind according to His sovereignty and wisdom. To some He gives more than to others. Some men have exceptional gifts from God that impact people’s lives incredibly. Only God knows what He has given but it is vital for each of us to find out what our individual gifting is and operate in it, to God’s glory. I cannot operate in another man’s gift, only mine. While the scripture declared that a man’s gift makes room for him, it is grossly erroneous to project one’s image and glory, instead of God’s. The Holy Spirit teaches men to handle their gifts in humility, in order to project Christ and not themselves. This much is clear in the utterances of the first two servants in vs.20, 22

The one who was entrusted with five thousand gold coins came and brought ten thousand, saying, ‘See, I have doubled your money.’…“Then the one who had been entrusted with two thousand gold coins came in and said, ‘See, my master, I have doubled what you have entrusted to me.’
 
The key word is ENTRUSTED, O what grace, that our Creator can entrust things into our hands, just as He did when He brought each animal to Adam to name, inviting Adam so to say, to be co-creator with Him. What do any of us have that we did not first receive? “Of Him, through Him and to Him are ALL things.” So, if we received it, it is not of ourselves, thus we have nothing to boast about! Do you recognise His gifting to you, and if you do how have you responded to that which has been entrusted to you?

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