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What has been
given to every man?
"For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his
house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and
commanded the porter to watch." Mark 13:34.
what else has He given to every man?
"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." Matt. 25:15.
Who comprise the
"every man" here spoken of?
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who
called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods." Matt.
Do all who
profess to be God's servants make good use of the talents given them?
"Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the
same, and made them other five talents... But he that had received one went and
digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." Matt. 25:16-18.
What did that
one who hid his talent in the earth, render as an excuse for so doing?
"And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo,
there thou hast that is thine." Matt. 25:25.
What did his
master say to that servant because he hid his talent?
"His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful
servant." Matt. 25:26.
What did he say
the servant ought, at least, to have done with the talent?
"Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and
then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury." Matt. 25:27.
The man in the
parable was afraid as well, because he said his master was a hard man. But was
it real, honest fear that made him act as he did?
"And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou
wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid
not down, and reaping that I did not sow; wherefore then gavest not thou my
money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with
usury?" Luke 19:22, 23.
What was the
fate of the slothful servant?
"And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall
be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 25:30.
Who else will
share the same fate?
"But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart
from Me, all ye workers of iniquity." Luke 13:27.
What was said to
the servant who improved the talents given to him?
"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." Matt. 25:21.
What did the joy
placed before the Savior enable Him to bear?
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the
joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb. 12:2.
When will the
Lord have this satisfaction and joy?
"He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be
satisfied." Isa. 53:11.
How will Christ
demonstrate the joy He feels at that time?
"The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will
rejoice over thee with joy: He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee
with singing." Zeph. 3:17.
What did Paul
expect would be his joy at that time?
"For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even
ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our
glory and joy." 1 Thess. 2:19, 20.
Since this joy
comes to Christ only through His self-denial and sufferings for others, in what
way must all others partake of that joy?
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also
live with Him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He
also will deny us." 2 Tim. 2:11, 12.
should prompt everyone to engage in the work of saving souls?
"For the love of Christ constraineth us: because we thus judge,
that if one died for all, then were all dead." 2 Cor. 5:14.
Whom does every
faithful worker represent?
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 2
If one excuses
himself from the work, what will be the result?
"Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away;
and every branch that
beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John
does one really occupy who does not labor for Christ?
"He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with
Me scattereth." Luke 11:23.