Matthew 25:24-25 – Failing For Fear

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ (Matthew 25:24-25 ESV)

A wealthy master was going on a journey and called his servants to himself, giving them each an allotment of his property. He gave them talents, a monetary unit roughly worth twenty years’ wages for a common laborer, according to their ability. Each servant was to steward and multiply the amount given to him while the master was away. The first servant did well, doubling his five talents into ten. As did the second, who made his two talents into four. The third however, is the servant who did not please his master, as he did nothing but bury the treasure endowed upon him.

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2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – What Controls You?

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)

When you wake up every morning, what is the first thing you think of? When you make a decision, what is the motivating factor? These are both important questions we should be asking ourselves. The Apostle Paul tells us what the answer should be if we are Christians, that “the love of Christ controls us”.

This “love of Christ” is not a vague notion, but can be present in two ways.

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1 Timothy 3:1 – The Hardship Of Spiritual Leadership

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Timothy 3:1 ESV)

1 Timothy 3:1 is a verse that is often glossed over. We tend to focus on the verses after it that describes the attributes of an overseer (we won’t argue about what an “overseer” is, we will just put them in a place of spiritual leadership). We over look it because we don’t really understand the context of Paul writing to Timothy here.

1 Timothy was probably written in mid 60 AD. This was when the persecution of the Church began intensifying and then escalated under the reign of Nero and the emperors after him.  By 70 AD, James, Paul, and Peter had been martyred. Think about this: three of the first spiritual leaders of the Church had been killed only 5 years after Paul told Timothy that it is noble to aspire to be a spiritual leader.

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