Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a daily experience, not something that we put on and take off whenever we would like. In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
Since Jesus requires that we deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him every day, we must practice daily self-evaluation! In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul said, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Steward Of “Today”
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus teaches a parable that is often called “The Parable Of The Talents.” In this parable, Jesus describes a man who, before traveling to a far away country, called each of his servants together. According to the ability of each servant, the master entrusted a certain number of talents to them (Note that talents were particular weights of gold or silver). To one servant he entrusted five talents. To one servant he entrusted two talents. And, to one servant he entrusted one talent. Then, when the master returned, he required a settling of accounts with each of his servants. The “five talent man” had gained an additional five talents. The “two talent man” had gained an additional two talents. However, the “one talent man” had become afraid and hidden the talent in the ground, not gaining or losing any amount. As a result, the master rewards the five and two talent men for their faithful stewardship; but, he punished the “one talent man” for his unfaithful stewardship.
This parable teaches us that Jesus Christ has ascended to Heaven and will return one day to “settle accounts” with us, spiritually speaking. On that Day, He will judge us all for what we have done with that which has been entrusted to our care. This judgment will be fair – as He knows our abilities. Those who have been faithful managers of these things will be rewarded with eternal life in Heaven; while those who have not been faithful managers of these things will be punished with everlasting punishment in Hell (see Matthew 25:46).
So, we must consider all of the things which have been entrusted to our care. Included in these things are: Our money, our possessions, our health, our families, our opportunities, our jobs, our knowledge – and, our time! In fact, our time is perhaps the greatest of all the things God has entrusted us with. Therefore, we must view ourselves as being stewards of “today” – and determine to use this time to the glory and honor of our God! In Ephesians 5:16, Paul instructs us to redeem (make the most of) our time!
Have You Been A Faithful Steward Of “Today”?
Reflect over the ways in which you have spent the time God has entrusted to your care today. Have you made the best use of that time? Have you been a faithful steward of it? If Jesus Christ would only judge you for the things that you have done with your time today, would He find you to be a faithful or an unfaithful steward?
Have you used your time to study and meditate upon God’s word to glean a greater understanding of what God wants from you? Have you used your time to cast your cares upon God, confess your faults to Him, and praise Him in prayer? Have you used your time to serve your fellow man? Have you used your time to teach someone the saving message of the gospel? Have you used your time to encourage anyone to serve the Lord and resist the temptations of Satan? Have you used your time to build your relationships so that you can glorify God through them? Have you used your time to train up your children in the ways of the Lord? Have you used your time to repent and find forgiveness of your past sins? Have you used your time today to prepare to meet your God?
Or, have you used your time to seek after earthly wealth? Have you used your time to pursue your own physical pleasures? Have you used your time to pursue your own interests and entertainment? Have you allowed the business and concerns of this life to steal the day from you?
Each day that we live is an opportunity to be who God wants us to be – or an opportunity to pursue our own interests. Today (“now”) “is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)!
What have you done with this day God has given you? Have you won “today” for Jesus Christ by using “today” in His service, to the glory of the Father? Or, have you surrendered yet another day in defeat to the desires of the Devil?
Romans 13:11-14 says, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
Make a habit of evaluating yourself at the end of every day: “Have I won today for the Lord?” And, make a habit of beginning every day by considering, “What can I do to win today for the Lord?”