September 15, 2023
The Bible Edge
Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have a Bible Edge
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
To whom he had given the money…
Has it occurred to you that the money you have has been given to you by God? I know, I know, you earned it, worked hard for it, you’ve played by the rules, and you’ve produced an honest living. But the abilities to earn that living are a gift of God. In the parable of the pounds the nobleman gave each of the three servants one pound. One earned ten pounds, one earned five, and one maintained the one, but all started with that one gift, the gift of the pound. Upon reading this entire chapter it will be learned that …his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. How sad!
Had they so soon forgotten that it was the nobleman that gave them the money? Evidently so. In this preacher’s mind, the pound is our life. God has given to each of us one life to live. Our life is like money, it is to be invested and increased in value over time and circumstance. The physical abilities a person possesses, those gifts they have that they use to make a living come from our Father in Heaven. Gifts like intellect, logic, dexterity, physical strength, personality, creativity, and all other attributes are largely put into a person upon birth. Some are talented with physical abilities, some in understanding math, some with personalities that inspire leadership, some with other great natural and spiritual wisdom, different characteristics but given by the same “nobleman,” the Lord God.
Some allow this “nobleman” to reign over them, some reject Him. Some serve Him, some don’t. Some live with His return in mind, some reject that He ever will return. Some live in consideration of a coming “judgment day,” some do not. It is really that simple. The pound given, which is like your life, is to be invested, improved, and used for both your personal living, and the benefit of the one who gave you the “pound.”
The faithful servant that gained ten pounds was given ten cities to rule, the one who gained five pounds was given five cities. Think about it, the faith we exhibit in this life determines our standing in the next. Invest your life well and remember the “nobleman’s” gift. By doing so the benefits will be both temporally and eternally rewarding. That’s an edge, a Bible edge for this life and even extending into the next.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.