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Will Christ reward or cast you into hell?

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By Jess Thompson

God blesses us all with unique and different talents.
Some are born leaders and teachers — others are musicians or song leaders.
You have some who are blessed financially so they can give more to serve God and his kingdom.
Then there is you. How do you use the talents God has blessed you with to honor God?
Everyone has some talent or God-given ability to serve in some capacity, so there are no excuses if you are not in some way to serve.
Let’s be very blunt here, going to church once or twice a week is not serving.  It’s an important facet of worship, but it is not to be considered solely how you serve.
The parable of the loaned money that Jesus speaks about clearly sums this up. Matt. 25:14, 28-14: “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” 15: “To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.” 16: “The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.” 17: “So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.” 18: “But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.” 19: “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.” 20: “The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’”
21: “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!’”
22: “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
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!’”
24: “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.” 25: “So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’”
26: “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?” 27: “Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
28: “So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.”
This is a fairly simple parable that applies to you and me.  We have to be good stewards of what God has given us in the time we have allotted. As my NIV Learning Bible says, “The issue is not how much we have, but how well we use what we have.”
We must use the talents and gifts that God has given us to honor him. When Christ comes back he will either reward his faithful servants for good works or cast them into hell for lack thereof.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.