GPS Guide – April 30, 2019
Read: Matthew 25:14-29
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,[a] 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. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (NIV Matthew 25:14-29)
Study: Three servants—two called “good and faithful,” the third fired. In Jesus’ story, the difference was not how much they had. The one with two bags of gold was as faithful as the one with five. Jesus said our faithfulness to God shows in our willingness to use whatever energy, time, skills, money or other assets we have to bless others and build God’s kingdom. The apostle Paul wrote that “it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). The Message says when we live in God’s way, “we find ourselves involved in loyal commitments” (Galatians 5:22). In what ways can the Spirit work through your commitments to God or others to grow the fruit of faithfulness?
Pray: God, I ask that you allow me to show your faithfulness through each and every relationship I have. Let me glorify you in all I do. Amen.