February 7 - What Will You Return?

By David Thomas

Devotional Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30

Central Thought: God expects us to be productive with all that we have been given.

    Being a Christian carries with it responsibility. God expects that we do something with the life He has made available to us. Matthew's presentation of the Parable of the Talents shows us that God expects Christians to be productive.

    This is a familiar passage, telling how the man had distributed money among three bondservants before traveling to a far country. When he returned, the first two bondservants had doubled the amount of money the man had left them. The third, however, feared losing some or all of the man's money, so he hid the money he had been entrusted with until the man returned.

    It is interesting to note that the third bondservant returned the exact amount of money he had been given. He did not lose any money! Yet, the man expressed his displeasure with the bondservant and gave his portion of the money to another. Simply put, the third bondservant failed to produce with what he had been given.

    God, likewise, expects us to be productive with the talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities He has provided us. God expects us to be diligent.

    Just as with the three bondservants, a judgment day will come when we must give an account of what we have produced. And just as in this parable, the question we will be asked is not, 'How much did I give you?” but, 'Were you faithful with what I gave you?”

    May all of our answers be, 'Yes, Lord.”

Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for all that You have entrusted me with. Please open my eyes to opportunities to be a good steward in Your Kingdom.

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 26:1-27:21; Matthew 25:1-30; Psalm 31:1-8; Proverbs 8:1-11