Summary: What we have is given to us, they are not ours. We are given what we can handle by God's sovereign will. We are all different, designed to be that way. We are to invest what we have been given. Our focus is on doing our best, not in comparing or compe
Beginning from Chapter 24 (p.9), Jesus started to talk about the “signs of the end times”.
• He will return one day, but just before He does, what can we expect to see. The disciples asked Him in 24:3.
• Jesus went on describe the signs of the end times. Until 24:36 He says no one knows the day and time of His return.
• We need to be watchful (last part of chapter 24). 24:45 – and be the faithful and wise servants.
For the day He returns (surely He would), it will not be to save the world but to judge mankind.
• End of chapter 25 says He will differentiate the sheep and the goats (25:32), those who belong to Him and those who have chosen to reject Him.
• So when we have the opportunity, we put our trust in Jesus. He alone can save us from our sin. He is the way, the truth and the life. Apart from Him, no one can be saved.
So before He returns, while we are living on earth, what are we supposed to do?
• We are to be watchful and to be faithful and wise servants
• Sandwiched in between Jesus shared TWO parables in Chapter 25 - the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the Talents.
• Both emphasize how we ought to PREPARE ourselves to FACE God.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins highlights the need for us to be always prepared, be watchful, because we do not know when He will come.
• And then He went on to the 2nd Parable – the parable of the talents – which explains more what God expects to do.
• This parable reveals a few truths we can remind ourselves of.
(1) WHAT WE HAVE IS GIVEN TO US; THEY ARE NOT OURS
We are like these servants. The Master has left us but will return.
• Verse14 – the Master entrusted his property to his servants
• It was common in those times for wealthy businessmen to entrust their property and business to trustworthy employees.
What we have today are gifts from God. We don’t own anything. He gives us everything.
• We don’t always feel that way. We work hard every day, we toil, we expense our energy and time, and we get our pay at the end of the month to buy what we need.
• It looks like that, but we know it is not. We depend on God for everything we have.
The floods in Thailand cause us to fear we do not have rice to eat. Economic recession make us fear we will lose our job. A mosquito bite can strike us down with sickness.
• What we have today comes to us because God has given us good health, so we can work. God has given us a good mind, so our boss employs us.
• In the minds of these servants, they are clear – what they have in their hands belong to their Master.
• They are just stewards and not owners. So are we.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
• Actually we don’t own anything. We bring nothing into this world, and we will bring nothing along with us.
• Solomon wrote about this in Eccl 2:18-22 (p. 658)