The Three-Fold Duty of Life
“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
Today’s Morsel: The word “occupy” here means not merely to “possess,” as it often does in our language, but to “improve,” to employ “in business,” for the purpose of increasing it or of making “profit” on it. The direction was to use this money to gain “more” against his return. So Jesus commands His disciples to “improve” their talents; to make the most of them; to increase their capability of doing good, and to do it “until” He comes again. So, what are the three-fold duties of life? 1. Appropriation: Solomon states, “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”(Proverbs 4:13) Use what you have been given. The Nobleman wasn't angry because they used it, he was upset if they didn’t use it. 2. Formation: Formation is an act of giving form or shape to something. To develop. How do we develop our life after Him? The writer of Hebrews states, “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). We have been given it to not only make our lives better, but to help others be better also.
3. Donation: Is an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution. What is the blessedness of donation? “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) The more we give, the more that will be given to us. If you hoard what God has given you to expand the kingdom, your pipeline will be turned off. If we follow the three-fold duty of life we will occupy until He comes.
Sing: Born-again there has been a change in me. Born-again just like Jesus said. Born-again and all because of Calvary. I’m so glad that I’ve been born again.
Thought For Today: There is no law as to how much you can make in the kingdom of God.