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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Playing It Safe

May 6

(Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)  ""Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. {15} To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. {16} The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. {17} So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. {18} But the man who had received the one talent 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 the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. 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 the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; 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 the one talent 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 talent 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} "'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. {29} 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. {30} And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

When Christ returns, those who have served Him and invested in his kingdom will be rewarded. Christianity is about more than just being saved -- it’s about being a disciple. Following Jesus and serving His kingdom is like investing in the greatest IRA of all time. This Individual Resurrection Account will contain only as much as we invest into it while we live here on earth. Our IRA account is free, but what we put into it is up to us. Meager efforts will bring meager rewards. Hoarding will not bring increase to our account. Investment is the key to gain.  Playing it safe is a recipe for disaster. Fear and inaction betray a lack of faith. If we risk nothing, we lose everything. We all have assets to invest. Holding it back will not pay dividends. What we do with what we have is what counts. Those who truly know Christ will invest in their IRA as they continually do his will. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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