Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Faithful equals Fruitful
by Erik Momsen
Do you ever ask, "What does God expect from me?" It would be very sad if we spent most of our time only expecting from Him. Remember that He is the master and we are the servants. A master expects certain things from His servants and THEN looks after the needs of the servants. The master's needs come first.
One set of needs of the Master is Faithfulness and Fruitfulness. Imagine a Master who had a servant employed to sell hot dogs for the Master. The servant was sent out day after day into the streets of the city with a fresh load of hot dogs and every evening the servant returned with those same hot dogs. How long do you think the Master will remain pleased with the servant? But you might say, "But the servant is faithful. Is it not enough that he goes out every day and just tries?" The answer is a resounding, "No!" The Master is very clear that He requires profit or fruitfulness.
The Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:14 ff
This parable clearly show that the Master requires profit from our work. It shows that we are faithful when we are fruitful.
The servants were given talents (money) or a task "each according to his ability" v.15. God will not require more than you can cope with.
Please note that it is a common theme in Scripture that the Master will "settle accounts with them" v.19 (cf. Matthew 18:23). He expects performance according to our abilities.
Vs 21 & 23: His master replied, "Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
It is completely clear that the servants who produced were the ones regarded as "faithful". You cannot produce nothing and still be faithful. You are in the Kingdom to work and produce.
The loafer, however, accuses the Master falsely and makes excuses for himself.
"Master," he said, "I knew you to be a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. See here is what belongs to you." v.25
His master replied, "You wicked, lazy servant!" v.26
The servant was not only unresourceful and lazy but also wicked. He was a "doulos" and his very life belonged to the Master. His master owned his time and in returned looked after his life. He was bought with a price and he was called to deliver.
The "wicked and lazy" servant planted the seed (money) in the ground. He was obviously "planting the seed in the wrong soil". It is important for those who sow seed to sow into the right soil. Do not cast pearls before swine. We must prayerfully know our seed and look for the right place to sow.
"Take it from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents." v.28
Here is an interesting lesson for the Kingdom and the church. "Use it or lose it". If you are given an opportunity you must make the best of it or it will be removed. Churches lose members to more effective churches.
Please note that this parable is situated among sections on "Signs of the end of the age", "The Day and Hour Unknown", "The Ten Virgins" and "The Sheep and the Goats". These sections warn of an approaching End, the need to be ready, the importance of fruitfulness and the warning of Judgement. In our parable the servant is punished because of unfruitfulness.
Some more encouragement to become Fruitful:
"You did not choose me, but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last." (John 15:16)
"We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please in every way: bearing fruit in every good work." (Colossians 1:10)
LACK OF FAITH AND UNWISE MONEY PREVENT FRUITFULNESS!!!
"But the worries of this life (LACK OF FAITH) and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it making it unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)
Date Added: 2010-03-23
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