In and out

Greetings

Matthew chapter 25 verses 14-30 gives an interesting read.

As you know I am still full time at work and this parable highlights that it is as important what I do as a Christian as well as being inward looking at my character, whether at work or play.

We read: “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. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey”… And the story goes on.

Following the Parable of the ten virgins Jesus continues without a break in His teaching to His disciples. This continuity of thought makes the parable of the talents a fitting complement to the preceding parable. Jesus is careful to balance His instruction by teaching another important requirement for His servants to fulfil prior to His return. He does not want His disciples to assume that the previous parable constituted His entire warning.

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus reveals the necessity of developing inward character, but in the Parable of the Talents, He combines that need with the encouragement to do good works. The virgins teach us the need to watch and be ready; the talents teach us our responsibility to work until His return.

Jesus knew the human tendency to think that, because He was there in person, His disciples did not have to work, leading to laziness and freeloading as a person becomes dependent on the support of another. Thus, He urges His disciples, not only to be ready by watching for His return, but also to work diligently toward it. The first parable portrays the virgins waiting for their Lord, which requires mental and spiritual preparation and watching, while the Parable of the Talents shows the servants of the Lord working for Him, which involves “profitable activity”.

So whether at work or play I am trying to focus on my own spiritual development     (In), while at the same time being an ambassador for him by representing Jesus to those around me (Out).

Have a great week

Mark

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