“Keep Watch…”

Wow, what a good sermon today! We went through Matthew 24:45-25:30. As a lead  into the sermon, the pastor read V.42 : ” Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
But in this case, to keep watch does not mean inactivity or idleness; it does not mean dropping all we do, to keep our eyes on the sky for the coming of our Lord and Saviour.
In this passage, Jesus tells a few stories. The first one is about a servant whose Master goes away and puts him in charge. If the Master were to return and find this servant doing well, the servant would then be put in charge of all the Master’s possessions. But should the servant behave wickedly, and beat his fellow servants and eat and drink with drunkards, the Master will return on a day he does not expect, and “assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (V.51)
The second is the story of ten women, who took their lamps and went out to meet the lamp3bridegroom. Five were foolish and five were wise. The foolish did not bring oil with them while the wise had. It had come the time for the women to meet the bridegroom, but the foolish five were still without oil, so they asked the wise women, but they could not spare any otherwise they would all have no oil. So the five continued their quest for oil and arrived late to the banquet. “Sir! Sir! Open the door for us!” they said.
But he replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.” (25:11-12)
coinsThe third story was the Parable of the Talents. A Man going on a journey, called upon his servants, and gave one 5 talents of money, another 3, and the last, 1, according to their ability. The first two servants used their talents and doubled what they had started out with. The last buried his one talent in the ground.
The man then returns, and upon learning of this, replies to each of the two servants “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!” (V. 21 & 23)
When he hears of what the last servant did with his one talent, he calls for the talent to be given to the servant who has ten talents, and says ” For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” ( V. 29)

The passage, in a rather large nutshell. So, what themes were taken away from this?
~ Selfless Dependability – What God has entrusted to me, share with others.
~ Prudent Equipping –  There are consequences to not being prepared.
~ Risky Disbursement – Playing it safe or risking it all?

We are encouraged and invited to Watch: To Actively pursue God and receive from him whatever necessary to serve and celebrate.
The pastor tied up the Sermon with this quote, which has stuck out most in my mind since this morning;
“What is the final message of Jesus in telling this story? It is: Step out! Risk! Live dangerously! Take constant chances with your life and goods for his name’s sake. Don’t try to bottle up your life so as to hang on to it at all costs. If you do that you will surely lose it. But surrender yourself to his cause, again and again. That is the way to find life. That is the way to watch for his coming. Having risked yourself to become a Christian, now risk yourself again and again as opportunities arise. Live dangerously! Or that also could be written, love dangerously! To live for Christ is to love men with his love. And that is always a risk.” – Ray Stedman
What a challenge! How often I live selfishly; how often I seek security, and put my faith in things other than Christ. How often I hang on to life, like it is all I have.
If I truly believe, and am truly grateful for all he has done, shouldn’t everything I do or say, proclaim it?
Step Out!
Risk!
Live Dangerously!
Surrender yourself to his cause, again and again.

How..?

Something to think about.

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Countdown… A Little Late

2013 new year sparklerWe laugh, we chat, we play games, and time ticks down…
3 hours.
1 hour.
50 minutes…
6 minutes…
We start announcing our New Years resolutions, though most of them are vague and common, but no one minds; just glad to be in the presence of friends.
A few minutes seemed to have passed…
“What’s the countdown at?” I ask.
My friend turns on her cell screen, and the bright white 12:00AM stares back at us.
We missed it!
“That’s lame…” she replies.
Oh well…
To a New Year!
I do look forward to this 2013 year. 2012 had its share of ups and downs, good and bad; but now I’m ready for change. Maybe eat less cookies and actually exercise, but also, to learn to be less selfish. To not take relationships for granted. To give 110% of myself whenever I serve. I feel hopeful and pretty optimistic that good things await us this year. Of course, there are lots of other items on my ‘agenda’ for the new year; like perhaps blog more… and clean more…
I look forward to seeing how God will work in our lives, and in the lives of friends in 2013.