Growing Contentment and Generosity – Day 26, May 13

This is a 4-week topical study on growing contentment and generosity in our hearts (click on the Reading Plan tab on the website for a list of the scriptures by day).  The word “content” means not needing more, and the word “generous” means open-handed giving. As we look at what the Bible has to say about wealth and riches, it is my prayer that we would open our hands’ grip just a little bit more on the stuff of this world and grow generosity in its place. During this study, I hope you will share your stories of how God provides in our comments section on the website, as a testimony and encouragement to our readers to take these baby steps in the direction of God and just see what happens.

Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading. Share your SOAP notes in the Comments section of our website.

Matthew 25:14-30 – The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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  1. Had a little confusion with two different reading plans floating around so we didn’t get to post a SOAP note with today’s post. Sorry! But tomorrow there will be two! Here’s my SOAP from today.

    S: Matthew 25:21

    O: Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom of heaven through parables. My Bible notes that these parables in Matthew 25 speak to preparation for heaven. The servants in this parable are entrusted with some of the master’s wealth; but not just that, they have a responsibility to return it to the master with gains — that’s how the master is pleased in this parable. The servant who returned the money without gains is punished and actually thrown out of heaven.

    A: I want to hear these words from my Master. You have invested in me certain talents and abilities as well as wealth, and You want me to do something with it that pleases You, not just let it waste away in a hole in the ground. More so, You want to see gains from Your investment, otherwise known as fruit. You want to see me use my talents, abilities, and wealth to bring others to Jesus.

    P: Lord, You gave me the word “servant” at the womens retreat as a word to focus on and keep returning to assessing in my life this year. Help me to be Your good and faithful servant and to make the most of Your investment in me.

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