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Daily Bread - August 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 August 2017 09:45
Matthew 25:19 - And after a long time, the Lord of those servants came and
settled the accounts.

The Lord Jesus has given everyone who will receive something very precious
-His life. Each one of us are personally and individually called to come
and dwell in Him. If we will come and abide as a branch in a vine, then we
will bring forth the fruits of this life; and the Father will perfect us,
so that we may bring forth more fruits (John 15:2). Jesus, Who is that
Eternal Life, has made available this life of God in unlimited rivers of
life flowing from the deepest part of the womb of our being (John 7:37-39).
The life that we now have in Him, and the life that we are commanded to
live, is the life of Christ demonstrated and modeled for us on the pages of
the Bible. There is no life outside if Christ Jesus, and those who are
without Him are dead while they live. Those who have received His life have
been entrusted with His goods; and God demands increase, and will bring us
into account for the deeds that are done in this body (Ecclesiastes 12:14;
Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Jesus described Himself in this story as One Who had gone on a far journey
and left all of His riches to His servants; but then, after a long time,
returns to bring them into account. What each of us must grasp is that the
most important thing that has been entrusted to us is the life of God. The
life of God is the eternal, not able to be diminished, immeasurable life of
the Spirit. It is the gift of God, the treasure that we have in these
earthen vessels, the sacred and glorious divine nature imparted to us
through the new birth (John 3:3; 1 John 3:24; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Peter
1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Make no mistake: this treasure is sacred to the
Father, and the best and most valuable thing that He could give. It is the
very life of Jesus supplied to anyone who will receive, created within each
one by the miracle of salvation. It would be a mistake to reduce what God
will hold us accountable for to anything less that the life of Christ.

The life of God should be so precious to us that we would go and sell all
that we have that we might possess this pearl of great price (Matthew
13:45-46). It is a life that we may only realize when we are willing to
loose our own life and no longer pursue our own selfish interest (Matthew
10:39, 16:26; Mark 8:34; John 12:25). It is a life entrusted with all the
divine nature and authority of God (John 1:12, 17:21-23; Ephesians 2:6,
6:10). To make the tragic mistake and squander this life on earthly
pursuits will most certainly meet with a horrific end. God demands
increase; and the increase that we should pursue is the fullness of measure
of the maturity of the ministry of Christ. In view of the life that He has
given of virtue and purity, our hearts should spring to the call of giving
all diligence to making our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:3-11). Our
hearts should pant as the deer for the water brook, and our souls should
hunger and thirst to be filled with all the fullness of these things that
God has provided for us through the riches of His grace. To neglect so
great of salvation would rightly meet with the strongest disapproval and
condemnation (Matthew 25:26, 30; Hebrews 2:3, 4:1).

Be diligent to make your calling and election sure!
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