Today Scott talked about M & M's and we found out that it is more than just a sweet chocolate candy that melts in your mouth and not in your hands. It is about our Money and Material possesions. We learned what Jesus said about where our treasure is there our hearts will be as well. We also learned that We do not own our stuff but it all does belong to God and We are managers of it. We also learned that we will give an accounting to God on how we managed his stuff.
The Story About Investment 14-18"It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money.
19-21"After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
22-23"The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
24-25"The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.'
26-27"The master was furious. 'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
28-30"'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.'
So it is about us managing Gods stuff, in a reponsible way and if we need more we have to trust that God will either give us more, give us wisdom to earn more or to limit the drain that happens when the economy does this "R" thing. And remember to give generously (reponsibly which doesn't mean padding the luxourious lifestyles of some of the religious tv preachers) but more of like giving to the church you call home, giving more to programs that help the needy and things that further the spreading of the very good news that God has provided us a way to go to heaven and His name is Jesus. (remember to share the GOOD news (telling the truth in love) about Gods grace, Mercy and forgivness, people already know how bad they are they don't need some judgemental Christian reminding them of it), It is the lifting up of Christ that draws men to Him. It is the Job of the Holy Spirit to convict people of their sins and it is Gods job to bring the lost sheep into the fold, but it is our job to show love to others and as it is written "They will know who are mine by their love".