Sonship in the Kingdom

Belonging to the Kingdom was not a free ride according to the carpenter’s son. It came with obligations and responsibilities. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

The parable of the ten talents shows us that those who invest wisely with what God has put us in charge of will be in charge of more. The wise servant who gained five more talents was not only put in charge of more he was also given the unfaithful servant’s talent. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. This parable is not about God blessing us with prosperity or material possessions because of our good behavior or supposed righteousness.

This parable illustrates that faithful service in the Kingdom of Heaven is rewarded with greater service to the faithful servant. The carpenter from Nazareth taught that service to our brothers was the highest satisfaction and the highest gesture of love we can show. No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his brother.

The modern interpretation of this parable is that we should use our talents, that is our abilities to serve God. The coincidental English meaning of the Greek word talanton, which literally means weight, and in this case a weight of money, is not exactly what he was trying to impart.

Very often God asks us to do things which we have no talent or ability to do. He only asks that we follow the instructions given. Very often, in preparation for a work which he has in mind for us to do, he trains us and we gain the talent or ability needed. Often he puts us in situations and circumstances which we are unqualified for in order for us to learn the things we will need for future service.

Our willingness to follow God is much more important than any other consideration. It’s commendable that we should volunteer our talents to God in service, though what is really required is a desire to do his will. Otherwise, we are saying we desire to serve God in a manner of our choosing.

The rich young man came to Joshua, asking to be made an apostle and he went away very sad because he was asked to give up the one thing which he loved the most. However, if he had done what he was asked and sold all he had and laid it at the feet of the apostles, they most likely would have put him back in charge of his own resources and then he would have fulfilled the principle which Joshua laid out which is he who finds his life will lose it and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

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