Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Coin of the Realm
After a long time, the master returned and settled accounts. The man who received five talents brought the other five. "Master," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have earned five more." The 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."--Matthew 25:19-21
God Himself, as in the parable, initiates a system of earned rewards and He does it with a presentation, a deposit. The master gave his servant five talents, something too precious for the servant to have gotten for himself. In our case, God begins the transaction with life and salvation, gifts way beyond our ability to gain, and He gives them freely.
Once we receive these, however, things change.
Once we walk into God's open arms of redemption, the business of our life in Him begins. This is when we become eligible for earned rewards, an increasing share in His kingdom and His goodness.
We purchase these not with gold or silver or coins saying "In God We Trust", but by actually trusting Him. We purchase our reward with the coin of God's realm--steadfast faith, righteousness, and the making of disciples. By these we earn our crown in heaven, a crown based not on God's incomparable gift to us, but by what we have given back to Him.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearing.-2Timothy 4:7-8