The Fool’s Reward

Sunday, July 9, 2006

Our Master, Jesus Christ, will come one day when we least expect Him, and He will reward each servant according to his works. The good servant will receive a just reward because he has distributed the Lord’s possessions to His household which includes all people everywhere. The evil servant will pay with his life for misusing the Lord’s possessions and depriving God’s people of their necessities for daily living.

What an awesome stewardship of responsibility man has been given by the Lord. The Selfish steward never sees the needs of the hurting people around him, nor the needs of anyone as being more important than his own. And he does everything in his power to hang onto whatever he has because he figures he has earned it, and it is his right to do with it whatever he pleases. How wrong a person is to think this way. We all came into this world with nothing, and we will leave it the same way. And what we come into possession of between life and death is given to us by the Lord from whom all blessings flow.

God designed a plan to make man accountable to Him before He ever created him. God gave His servants the authority to choose what they would do with the life given them and the things they come into possession of while on earth. By doing so He (God) limited His earthly power to working through His servants power of choice. He designed it that way so that neither He, nor the devil, who are both spiritual forces could overstep their authority and overpower the will of God’s servants. This is not to say the spiritual forces at work in the earth are not at war; they are. Jesus, during His years of ministry used His God given spiritual authority to heal the sick, cast out devils, and to raise the dead, thus demonstrating to mankind the power the servant of God possesses. When it comes to mankind; God and Satan are limited to the powers of persuasion and influence. We choose who we listen to, and who we listen to determines our course of action. Jesus made that point this way, John 8:34 “He who commits sin is the servant of sin.” So, ‘if he who commits sins is the servant of sin’, we could say the flip side of that is true as well. “He who does good is the servant of good.” God is the Master of the good servant, and satan who is a rebellious angel servant (Hebrews 1:14) is the master of the evil servant. There is not even the slightest chance the two parties could change places because Satan who is only evil continually can’t do anything good, and God who is always good refuses to do evil. So, if we pay attention to the news, we know who is doing what in the earth.

God gave man the ability to choose and with that power of choice man has the power to do what he wants with what the Lord has given him; but in the end, both the good servant and the evil servant will stand before his Master to give an accounting of his stewardship of God’s possessions. If I take inventory of my life and take note of the things I have done during those intervening years; those things will point to the one I serve. And I will soon discover “Whose servant I am?” If I take this simple precaution, I may be in for a surprise.

Jesus said it this way in Matthew 24:45-51; “Who then is a faithful and wise steward, whom his Master made ruler over his household, to give the food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his Master, when he come, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that He will make him ruler over all His goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My Master is delaying His coming’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to ead and drink with the drunkards, the Master of that servant will come on a day when He is not looking for Him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” DThrash


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