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Have you ever wondered who paid Jesus? In His years of ministry, have you considered how Jesus and the disciples met the needs of the poor and who supplied for THIER needs? Ministry comes with expenses, and our giving helps meets the needs of those called to serve Jesus in the church!
How we view our possessions is a good indication of our faithfulness to God in our lives. When we are fully surrendered to God's authority, we become faithful stewards of our time, money, and especially in our relationships with others. Jesus warns us that eternal punishment awaits those who abuse riches, and refuse to repent and surrender themselves to God. The good news is that in Jesus' death this doesn't have to be our fate! Repent and follow Him, and He will lead us into eternal life
There is no doubt that it is a great privilege to be a part of God’s kingdom and enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, if we are to enjoy this relationship to the fullest, one of the hardest truths we need to learn is to acknowledge that life is not about us, it is all about the King we serve. The apostle Paul simply puts it in Colossians 1:16 saying, “. . . all things were created by him and for him.” In other words, everything in this universe, including every single one of us, was created to give glory and honor only to Jesus Christ, the creator of everything. We are not in the center of the universe, He is. The earlier we accept this, the sooner we have the opportunity to re-align our priorities and pursuits to what is going to bring Him the highest glory.
Jesus tells a story about accountability before a king in order to illustrate that all people will give an account before Jesus. As in the parable, Jesus went away, but He will return as a conquering King. When He left, He entrusted His servants with a task (and the resources they need to carry it out). There are also many people on the earth who are His unreconciled enemies. When Jesus returns, His faithful servants will be rewarded, His unfaithful servants will experience rebuke and loss, and His unreconciled enemies will perish. While this parable serves as a warning for all people to be reconciled to Jesus, its focus is on Jesus' followers that we might invest faithfully the resources He has entrusted to us for the gospel mission. So, ask yourself, "What has God given me? How am I investing it in the gospel? How could I invest more?"
Once you realize that the first mile is being honest, straightforward, and responsible with the little things, the tasks at hand, then the question is... are you ready for the second mile? Have you paid your debts? finished the tasks? kept your word? Are you a profitable servant and steward of the Father's gifts or are you a charlatan, telling all you are a Christian, but really just being a heathen, thereby harming the name of Christ to all who see you not pay your debts, not keep your word, not be a man or woman of moral strength and character?