TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Scripture: Matthew 24:45-47, 25:1-13
In Matthew 24:45-47 we are told, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.” The interesting thing about this passage is, it points us to the issue of being a faithful, wise servant and qualifying for leadership based on what we do with our time. If we are using our time wisely, then we seem to qualify for God adding to us. If we do not use it wisely, or are unfaithful in our time, then we qualify for loss. It appears we have found another major idol – time. Are we willing to spend our time doing what God wants done with it? If we are, then we are well on our way to qualifying for finishing God’s school and being those that are able to become a wall against evil and build it in others! In the parable of the virgins, the real question has to be, what was the significance of the oil? Is the oil our relationship with God where we hear what the Spirit says? Is the oil parallel to the hearing the progression of Revelation 2 and 3? Does oil point to the relationship we have with God which grows as we yield to His will? Maybe the oil is what remains after being pressed out of our flesh through conflicts of obedience? When we overcome issues of self, we buy oil. We buy it with sacrificial obedience. And if that is the case, we have just identified another idol – self. And what we do with self is what qualifies us to finish what God has for us in the last days. Overcoming self is finding our life in Christ. Jesus blazed this trail and bids us follow!