Spiritual Development

Term Project

In the course of a school year, most teachers assign a term project.  A project that usually can not be completed overnight if done correctly.  Then at the end of the year or semester, it is presented to the class.  Today we consider the term project Christ has for us to work on while we wait for His return.

projectWhen a teacher has to leave the room for whatever reason, rarely does she leave without giving some kind of instruction to the students so that they will not misbehave while she is gone.  She desires for them to continue the work given even in her absence.  Christ, too, gave instructions to His followers while He is preparing a place for us in heaven.  Upon Christ’s ascension to heaven, the assignment He gave to His disciples and all those who would become followers of Him is found in Matthew 28.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

well-doneThe project is simple.  Go.  Make.  Baptize.  Teach.  This is not a project that should be completed overnight, but one that requires diligent, intentional, regular work.  When a teacher returns to the classroom, her expectation is to find her students diligently working as she left them.  This is the same with Christ.  Christ expects us to be good stewards of this assignment/commission in accordance with the gifts that He has gifted us.  In addition, we should be prepared and not caught off guard for His return as portrayed in the following passage.

 

“For it is just like a man going on a journey. He called his own slaves and turned over his possessions to them.  To one he gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one—to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more.  In the same way the man with two earned two more. But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. Look, I’ve earned five more talents.’

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’

“Then the man with two talents also approached. He said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. Look, I’ve earned two more talents.’

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy!’

“Then the man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a difficult man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.’

“But his master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy slave! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, then you should have deposited my money with the bankers. And when I returned I would have received my money back with interest.

“‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has 10 talents.  For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.  And throw this good-for-nothing slave into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30

Christ has departed to prepare a place for us and is returning (John 14).  In the meantime, He has left behind talents/gifts for each of us to carry out while He is gone.  (See Gifted.)  As seen in the above passage, if we do not use what He has given to us, it will be taken away.  Despite not knowing the exact due date, we are called to work as though it could be any day.  Some will choose to wait until the last minute and find themselves ill-prepared and without anything to present our Lord and Savior from the gifts He has given to them.  Others, however, will take the time and discipline to cultivate and seek how to use the gifts Christ our Teacher has given in order to complete the project, the Great Commission.

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How will you complete the term project Christ has assigned?  Will you be found diligently carrying out the instructions of the Master Teacher?  Or will you be caught with only the initial assignment and desiring to have done more with the talent He gave to you?


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