Tozer Devotional April 29
On Being Trustworthy Investors
To each of us God has issued a certain store (abilities, gifts, talents, blessings, etc.) as it has pleased Him: to one more, to another less. And since God owes us nothing, anything He gives us may be put down to His unearned generosity. The man with a smaller store (abilities, gifts, talents, blessings, etc.) dare not complain against God for having given him less than his neighbor received.
God’s gifts are not debts which He pays us, but gratuities (free gifts) bestowed out of pure mercy (benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves).
One thing taught large (Abundantly) in the Holy Scriptures is that while God gives His gifts freely, He will require a strict accounting of them at the end of the road. Each man is personally responsible for his store, (God given abilities, gifts, talents, blessings, etc.) be it large or small, and will be required to explain his use of it before the judgment seat of Christ.
The “store” is nothing new, just the old familiar list of human possessions: time, talents, earthly goods, opportunities. Though they are as common as the grass beside the path, the waste of them constitutes one of life’s most appalling tragedies.
'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' Luke 19:17
Deeply impressive among overseas Christians are those with such limited resources and yet who have invested them so wisely and faithfully. This, while we have wasted so much.
You have given me so much, Lord. O help me to use it all wisely.
Mat_19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mark 10:21 As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out — a treasure in heaven that never decreases, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others. In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life.
James 5:1-5 Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure!
Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.