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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Exodus 26:1–27:21
Matthew 25:1-30
Psalm 31:1-8
Proverbs 8:1-11

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Matthew 25:29 (CSB): “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Our Verse for Today tells us of unimaginable degrees of happiness and unimaginable degrees of terror. Let’s look at the context. By the time you get to the end of this post, I hope you will be able to see it.

Matthew 25:29 is an application Jesus made as He was concluding the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). So, let’s talk about that parable.

The parable begins this way…

Matthew 25:14 (CSB): “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them.”

Notice the second word in this verse. A pronoun is used – “it.” To find out what “it” is, we need to go back to Matthew 25:1 where we realize that Jesus was telling parables to help His disciples understand what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.

“It” is the Kingdom of Heaven. So, the Parable of the Talents is about the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Kingdom of Heaven is simply the rule of King Jesus in the heart of the child of God. The Kingdom is the reality of King Jesus ruling over the lives of His followers who willingly obey Him and live their lives to please Him. And it is taking place right now. If you are saved, you are presently in the Kingdom as you serve King Jesus.

So what is the Kingdom of Heaven like? Well, it’s like the Parable of the Talents. Let me explain it with some bullet points. Then, re-read the parable and see if it makes more sense.

  • Jesus is the Master who has ascended to Heaven but will come back one day to judge everyone. Each person will be called to account for their life.
  • The servants are the saved and lost who walk planet Earth.
  • The “talents” are opportunities to further the King’s interests. The master gives every single person on Earth opportunities to further His interests according to our abilities (Matthew 25:14).
  • The ones who are saved use their abilities and the opportunities Jesus gives them to further His interests. They “seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
  • The ones who are lost (the man with the one “talent”), do nothing in this life to further the King’s business. They live their life for themselves. And they behave this way because they have no relationship with King Jesus and completely misunderstand His gracious and loving nature (Matthew 25:24-25).
  • Those who are saved, who demonstrate their submission to and love for King Jesus, are rewarded for furthering His Kingdom. The rewards and privileges that will be given out on the Day of Judgment will be in proportion to what we did with the opportunities to further Jesus’ Kingdom in this life.
  • Those who are lost, who demonstrated their lack of submission to and love for King Jesus by refusing to further His Kingdom in this life, are consigned to a place of torment (Hell) on the Day of Judgment.

So, who are you like?

Are you like the saved person who has the ability and takes advantage of opportunities to further Jesus’ interests and Kingdom in this life? Then prepare for rewards and privileges when Jesus judges your life in proportion to what you did for Him in this life. But, truth be told, you will be given even more than you could imagine!

Are you like the unbeliever who had the ability and opportunity to further Jesus’ interests but demonstrated his evil heart (Matthew 25:26-27) by living for himself and not King Jesus? Then prepare for Jesus to give you exactly what you deserve – eternity separated from Him in a place called Hell. Whatever blessings Jesus temporarily gave you in this life will be taken away.

Matthew 25:29 (CSB): “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”