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Good and Faithful
When it’s all said and done, we will stand before the throne of God and face judgment. It’s hard to imagine what this will actually be like. But, it’s something that we must try to prepare for, and live our lives accordingly.
In Chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, we see two parables: the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the Talents. It’s no coincidence that these two parables are followed by “The Judgment of Nations.” Christ is trying to teach us the way. He’s trying to prepare us.
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, we hear of ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. The foolish ones brought no oil for their lamps, and as a result they were late to the wedding feast, causing them to be locked out. “Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’” (Matthew 25:11-12)
“I do not know you.” These are the words that we certainly don’t want to hear from Christ when we meet Him, sitting on His glorious throne. These are words that we can’t afford to hear.
In contrast, we have the Parable of the Talents, where three servants are given five, two, and one talents respectively. The servant who was given five, made five more. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Matthew 25:23)
“Come, share your master’s joy.” These words are sweet music to our ears.
These parables should light a fire under us that drives us to take action. And, it’s not just to do, but to know. Remember the bridegroom’s words: “I do not know you.” The fire that burns within us is to know Jesus.
Maybe it’s time to slow down. Sit with Christ. Know Him. Love Him. And, what follows from this intimate love is giving our talent, our time, and our treasure in His name.