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Emanna for 08/06/2020

Properly Caring for the Lord's Possessions

Bible Verses

Matt 25:14 For the kingdom of the heavens is just like a man about to go abroad, who called his own slaves and delivered to them his possessions. (15) To one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability. And he went abroad. (16) Immediately he who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained another five. (17) Similarly, he who had received the two gained another two.

Words of Ministry

Verse 14 says that the man gave his slaves his possessions, but verse 15 says that he gave them talents. This indicates that the talents in verse 15 are the possessions in verse 14. In other words, the Lord uses His possessions as talents for us. For example, the gospel is the Lord's possession. But when it is given to us, it becomes our talent. In the same principle, all the believers are the Lord's possessions. When the believers are given to us, they become our talents. The more of His possessions the Lord gives to us, the more talents we shall have. Today the Lord's possessions primarily are the gospel, the truth, the believers, and the church. If you do not care for these things, you will not have any talents. The gospel needs to become our possession. The same is true of the truth, the believers, and the churches. According to chapter twenty-four the slave is to supply food to those in the household. This refers to the ministering of the nourishing Word with the riches of Christ as the life supply to those in the Lord's house. Here, however, it speaks of trading with the talents to cause the talents to multiply. Therefore, the result of our service has two aspects. The first aspect is that others are fed and given rich nourishment. The second aspect is that the Lord's possessions are multiplied. For example, the more we preach the gospel, the richer the gospel becomes. It is the same with the truths. As we minister the truths to others, the truths multiply. This is also true of the saints and the churches. Both the believers and the churches will multiply. Thus, five talents are multiplied into ten, and two talents are multiplied into four.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, pp. 760-761, 763. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/2/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.