"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.
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 j oy, or crown of rej oicing? 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.
What motive 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 Cor. 5:20.
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