This Month's Promise

“..those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

- (2 Cor 5:15)

Read: Luke 19: 11-27


“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)

“God’s calling is not a profession; it is a passion”, said Paul Negrut, President of the Romanian Baptist Union. “Do you have the sense of calling?” he asked. “We are called with authority for Jesus is our Master”, Negrut said. “He is the God who calls the universe into being, the God who calls us to Christ, the God who demands that we respond to the call of the ministry.” Negrut said, he personally struggled with God’s calling until he could run away no longer. “The calling is not a hobby; it is not a fad or popularity contest. It is a calling for hard work”, Negrut said. In Luke 19:11-27, we read of the parable told by Jesus, about the ten minas. A mina equals about three months’ wages in Bible times. In that parable, a certain nobleman was about to leave for a faraway country and entrusted to ten of his slaves ten minas with which they were to do business. Upon his return, he requested a meeting with the slaves so that he might know what business they had done. Two slaves reported that they had made money for their master, the first having earned ten more minas, the second five more. The master was pleased with the faithful slaves and rewarded them by giving them authority over ten cities and five cities respectively. The third slave, however, said that out of fear of the master he had not done any business with his minas and had hidden them safely. The master was furious, calling him a worthless slave. As a result his ten minas was taken from him and given to the man who had earned ten more minas. The master also ordered that the slave be punished.

Dear friends, if we are faithful servants of the Lord, we would not stand idly. Inspired by the call of our Lord, we would respond to Him immediately. If we commit ourselves to serve the Lord wholeheartedly and if we do the Master’s work passionately, surely we would receive commendation from Him, as the faithful slave received appreciation and honor from the nobleman: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” What a joy it is to be honored by the Lord of Lords!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, you have called me to serve you. You have given me talents to use for the extension of your kingdom. Let me use them faithfully and passionately. Let me honor your calling and work hard. Let me earn more souls for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.