A few months back I listened to a teaching by Micah Wood titled ‘One Call That’s All.’ In it he used the scripture Mathew 25:14-30.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoned with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou delivered unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou delivered unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This scripture has not strayed far from my mind since.
One reason I think it’s stuck is that I had a conversation similar to that parable with someone and had I remembered this scripture I would’ve warned them.
So many times we or at lease I hear…. “This and that, this and that, but God knows my heart.”
Now that I know this scripture I want to say and will say if it ever occurs again.
That’s the problem, God knows your heart!
It’s not a crutch to fall back on, but instead the very thing that will condemn us. I say we’d be better off if God didn’t know our heart!
That’s why the master answered him the way he did. He knew the man’s heart and the man even revealed his heart with his answer. It says that in the same parable in Luke 19:22 “…Out of thy own mouth will I judge you….”
“…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Mathew 12:34 and 35
“A good man out of the treasure of the heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”