What do you know about life? - Part Two - 'The Parable of the Bags of Gold' is a good one to dwell on for life.By ChiefBigJoe
What do you know about life? - Part Two - 'The Parable of the Bags of Gold' is a good one to dwell on for life...Matthew 25:14-30 (New International Version, ©2011)
The Parable of the Bags of
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and
give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will
be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does
not have, even what they have will be taken from them.30 And
throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
School of thought:Often times I wonder what the point is in not doing what you can do in life???The providential-man in the story stands out for God - the giver of life and all it's goodness including our talents,gifts and skills to work with for good gains in life.God is always playing His role of divine-benevolence in life to everyone.Mind you,He is a just God who does not want to be accused of wrongdoing in anyway,and so He see to the provision of life in our lives in which ever way things tends to be and whatever we may find ourselves in.'There is always something that you can do about everything in life',when you set your mind to resolutions,solutions and success in every situation at hand.I'm suprised when I come across people in life who claim that there is nothing that they can do about their situation in life and as such,they will just waste time,complain and blame others for their own misgivings.I'm sorry but the only reason/excuse that failure at anything will give anybody in life is - 'I cannot do this,I can't make it,It's too late,I'm less fortunate than others or bluntly unfortunate in life etc... etc...' - which are all blatant lies in the dead zone of non-entities.'There is no end to the trying and making of possibilities in life'.
In the story we just read,the one given five bags of gold,worked and gained a double portion,the other given two-folds did the same and had a similar result,but unfortunately the one given only one bag of gold did nothing and wickedly buried his portion instead of passing it on to another who could have done something with it.Brethren and sisthren,in the course of any project or progress,there will be elements of fear,doubt and uncertainties that will rise to contend with your faith,course of work and advancement in life.The choice is always yours to move on with your decisions in life or not.Some begin so well in life and end so poorly in the aftermath,whereas others who showed no signs of doing anything could change their minds,begin doing something worthwhile,pick up their pace in progress and build legacies in the long run.Time and chance happens to us all in life.
There are people who will do all they can to cause you to change your direction of success in life.Do not get bothered by such elements of distractions in your path of progress with your goals in life,for they are sometimes needed to check your stability of persuit for excellence.These negative structures that came as an idea to the last servant in the story can take the form of anything and anybody in life and so always be on your guard,maintain a wise-hold of yourself in life and continue with the doing of something,anything and possibly everything that is of your interest and for which you are talented/gifted/endowed in to prosper and excel in life...
Dear readers,in more realistic terms - 'Our very lives are the bags of gold,and what we do with it becomes the wealth we will behold' - CBJ.
"It is always good to speak for yourself for others may speak wrongly on your behalf" - CBJ.
What do you know about life? - Part One - The story of the Good Samaritan is a good lesson to remember - Luke 10:25-37.By ChiefBigJoe
What do you know about life? -
Part One - The story of the Good Samaritan is a good lesson
to remember - Luke
Luke 10:25-37 (King James Version)
25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
thought:The main character in the story was out
of place in the course of his journey and needed help with
his tragedy.Being out place can be living in the wrong
place,staying in the wrong/right room with the wrong
room mate or person,in the wrong business,having a wrong idea
or perception in life,studying the wrong subject/course in
school,joining or partnering with the wrong person in
business,going in the wrong direction with a good
vision,being found in the wrong crowd etc...etc...His tragedy
could be the lot,portion,situation,status,criteria etc... of
anybody.We all have various challenges in life and need the
help of others in one way or the other.Don't we???
The other personalities involved with direct observation were all in a place of reaching out to help him if they really wanted to.They could say yes and make room for him in their busy schedule,nonetheless they looked elsewhere and passed by.Surprisingly these were people who vocationaly were meant to be examples of helping in such situations but did not.Often times I wonder how can people practice what you say with no personal emulation on the part of the sharer?Are we to be hearers alone and not doers as well in the things we present for others to wholeheartedly do or follow?
It is always important to examplify one's beliefs with or without direct personal profit and gain,for we are all in a cycle of relativities in this life.My encouragement to all from the lesson of this story is that,the channel of provision for our needs will sometimes come from obscure angles and unexpected avenues,and so we should all be openminded and careful in the way we deal with various situations at all times.