by Christina Farris
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. If I could stress a point to any and all people following Christ, it easy to talk the talk of faith, but harder to share faith, yet it shouldn't be, but it is one the most precious parts we hold dear to our hearts. Christ through out his ministry spoke words of faith, his actions of faith of giving to the poor is not seen, the ministry of healing is seen. When Christ feed the five thousand he was feeding a crowd of hungry people who had traveled to hear him and even had followed him a ways. We see Christ restoring the physical body of people and him ministering to them in love by speaking to them as psychologist and religious teacher would. One might not think of Christ as psychologically but he was healing more then just their body but the inner soul, by speaking truth to the people. We see not Christ going into a jai minister orl to visit them there, though John disciple came making inquiry of Jesus as John the baptist remained in prison. Yet Jesus would die in the place of a man guilty of crime of thieving, killing and such. Jesus would talk to a thief on the cross, yet he did not try and save the second thief who mocked him. Christ spent time with all sorts of people, rich or poor, as those in need even when they cried out to him. There are things we did not see Christ do, but we know he probably did, for there things that are not recorded in scripture Christ did on earth. What we see is the healing would allow some to work instead of beg on the streets. The ability to work came with healing. Did Christ not bring hope for tomorrow. That another day would rise even when evil would often be in existence. The hope was day coming when Son of Man, who is Christ would rule the earth.
There are many false ministers or antichrist in the world. A few years back there was a rise of one out of Brazil that claim to heal. No doubt some were healed and others not. Some illness are in the head, other illness are in the body. The one's in the body are either healed with medical knowledge or miracle by the Lord. When one hears stories about these miraclous things it either draws a crowd or it pushes people away. Curiousity seekers usually go to these events or people seeking healing because what the doctor can do is not working. If one is desparate for a cure because one wants to be healed, one will try almost anything. What makes Christ different in his ministry. As time went on in Christ ministry the year of opposition rose in his third year. The second year the year of popularity. Again I ask what makes Christ ministry different. If not the healing, would it be the hope he brough to the people of a better time to come. A time when Israel would reign once more. Faith is more then the works of Christ, or even the redemption of being forgiven by Christ. Faith is seeing a man walk on water and want to do it too, like Peter going onto the water as Christ beckon him to increase his faith. Peter almost drowned when he seen the waves around him as he walked on water. There were storms when the disciples were out at sea, that were calmed by the voice of Christ commanding the wind and waves to be still. Christ ministry had all types of miracles. Yet Christ ministry with miracles, without the hope, with the promise of eternity would of been considered another magician act. Yet He calmed the sea. What is the point Christ did many miracles, but Moses did too, but Moses never claimed to be God, but always claimed God working through him.
The miracles of man are sometimes done through giving and loving those in need. Caring by visiting, by maybe even a phone call or other social media tool. The point is we all are called as human beings to care for one another. How can one minister by sharing truth, and by sharing hope. If you got money, one can donate to charieties and religious organizations. If offline you can go in person and help with a situation that can not be solved with either a hands up or handout. How can we help someone, by offering hands up to solution to a problem, or even by providing aid in times of trouble if one is able to do so.
In the story of the talents there are three servants that were given money and only two that were hired increased what was provided, the other one only had what was hidden, because he was afraid to do anything but bury the money he was given. Now if you ask someone and told them to hold your money, what happens, your lucky if it someone trustworthy enough to hold on to it without spending it. Now think about this, those you gave money to increase it without scratching a lottery ticket or any form of gambling, for example they invested in stocks and bonds, or bought a something to make more money with and the money they borrowed. In truth it doubled the money. Then instead of keeping the money for themselves they gave you the extra money. Would you not keep those two people you hired. Well God has given you the gift of the Holy Spirit upon salvation, that gift is not for you to use, but for you to allow Him to use you for his work. Now you have things that can be sold, bought, treasured, or given away. There are those in need that need those items you really don't need, and truth be told you do not have room for. Do you one, give it away, or sell it, or two keep it tell it either fades away, or no longer fit for a person to use it and have to toss it away? God given you things to use to help people. Yet how we use what God gives us is our responsibility and not anyone elses responsibility. It easy to give someone something and say do something with it to help someone else. The truth is are failing when we do not see our own responsibility to care and help others.
I have yarn right now that was given to me, that needs to be made into hats, or scarves for winter, and winter is already here, but things of this nature is often replaceable for a new scarf because another gets tattered and worn, so before Christmas I hope to get this project underway and out the door. There is a reason, because God provision is not just for ourselves it to help others in need. Look around this is a season for giving and caring, God is looking at how we give. Consider this, if Jesus was willing to talk about it, His ministry probably gave more then what we can see. He was a carpenter by trade, we do not know how may roof tops were fixed or house built for chariety and not just for money. We do not know how much money was gather in his ministry only that there was money bag. We do not know all that Christ help, but we know the miracles alone produced faith and hope. Christ was man of action and encouraged people to give. Look around at what you have this season, what can you give away and what can you not. What will be received again at Christmas, that you can give away now to help someone else. Do you have a coat for winter, what about three. Can you give a coat away. Trust me I look at my coat rack have to decide if anyone else would want the coats I have kept. The truth of the matter, sooner or later we all need a helping hand, and by helping those around we are sharing God loved for us, God has provided food to buy, or grow and pick, for centuries to the world, yet there is still people starving, because man refuses to give when a region is without. If we learn to give, we can learn to also receive, or we can learn to receive in order to give. Whatever the case may be this season of giving. Give a hug, and a smile, knowing that those things brought to help others to churches, food pantries, charieties and so forth all will be giving a hand up to someone in need. If you can give it yourself to someone in need. It is one act that can be contagious no one truly minds. For miracles come from God but God loves us to do our part. It is step of faith sometimes when we give.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the season of giving, for the giving brings thankfulness to others in need. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 14:26-33 KJV
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.