Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
The Last Three Parables
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:44 (NKJV)
'And {He} cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Matthew 25:30).

In Chapter 24 of the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples about the future, about the 'signs of the end of this age.' It's a frightening glimpse of the time most Christians believe we are entering.

Following Jesus' prophesy come His final three parables: The Parable of the Faithful and Unfaithful Servant (Matthew 24:43-51), the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

Jesus' last stories focus on preparedness. The Lord is absent in each of them, and we are shown both right and wrong examples of how to act. Are we ready for our own 'come to Jesus' meeting?

The Parable of the Faithful and Unfaithful Servant teaches us that the faithful servant is diligently feeding others in the Master's house while He is away. Therefore, we must faithfully share the Word of God, the bread of life, every day of our lives through service to others.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins teaches us that we cannot carry enough light within ourselves, no matter how brilliant we may be--to last in the night of greatest need--the night when the Lord returns, we must carry the Holy Spirit of God.

The Parable of the Talents teaches us that we must invest the gifts God gave us and multiply our talents for His glory. He expects a return on His investment. Actors, models, and talent for Christ seek to give Him that return.

By embracing these concluding lessons, we become ready to be 'put... in charge of all His possessions' (24:47), to go 'in with Him to the wedding feast' (25:10), and to 'enter into the joy of {our} Master' (25:23).

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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