Saturday, August 8, 2009

I wanted to mention the parable of the talents how I used to view this parable. I won't post it, because I trust you already know it, and if you don't, I ask you to go and read it with this in mind.

I think its interesting that if your life about making enough talents to please God, you end up seeing your master the way the wicked servant perceived his master to be: A hard man.

If you see God as a hard man, then you will get a hard man on the day of judgment. If you insist on putting your hope in the law, you will reap consequences of breaking it.

So it won't be a question of "What did you do for Jesus?" on judgment day, but rather, "What did you believe jesus did for you?"

Many will boast of what they did for Jesus on that Day (Matthew 7:21-23). But only those who know him will enter the kingdom.

3 comments:

bino said...

Amen!

Matthew Campbell said...

:) Glad you agree, Bino.

Joel B. said...

In all the times that I've heard this parable taught as a 'Christian' parable (that is, a word to Christians about living the Christian life), I've noticed one common thing. They leave out the very last sentence:

"And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt 25:30).

The general teaching goes something like, "use it or lose it." In other words, "God has given you, Christians, gifts and talents, and if you don't use them, He'll take them away." But doesn't that last sentence make it a little bit harsher than that?

And so if the common teaching is true, wouldn't they have to follow it all the way - to the point of unproductive Christians being cast into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth?

And so that leads me to what you're saying here. To me, this parable must be about something else, not about productive and unproductive Christians, which leads me to echo Bino's "Amen!" to your post. :)