Monday 19th October 2020
Title: ON LOAN
Ps Soong Kok Kee
Psalm 89: 11
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.
We are surrounded every day by things that don’t belong to us, yet we call them ours. For instance, I refer to the computer I am using to write this devotion as “my computer.” I talk about “my office”, “my desk”, “my printer” and “my phone”. But none of these equipment really belongs to me. While I work here, it’s mine to use but not mine to keep. It is on loan.
It’s the same with all the things we call our own. When we speak of our family, our house, or our car, we are speaking of people and things God has allowed us to enjoy while here on earth, but they really belong to Him. Notice the psalmist’s praise to God, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth”.
Understanding who really holds the title to all we possess should change our thinking. Just as we are aware that our employer lets us use equipment to help us work more efficiently, so also should we be aware that everything we have is given to us to serve our Lord. Our time, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our possessions, and even our family are all on loan from God so that we can all do His work more effectively.
The parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30) clearly says that the Master “entrusted his property” to his three servants (v 14) and the servants knew that, for when the Master came back, the first servant said “Master, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.” (v 20).
All that we have today are entrusted to us, on loan to us, blessings for us, so we can all do what the Lord has put us here to do. And one day, we all need to stand before our Master and give an account of all that had been entrusted to us. May we all be like Paul who can unashamedly say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Tim 4: 7-8). Are we all ready for that day?
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that all we have today, all that you have blessed us with are not solely for us to use. We are to use it for your glory. We are to use it so that more people can come to know you as Lord and Saviour, more people may be blessed and helped, especially in this time of the pandemic. Help us to share your love and blessings with those around us who are in dire need of your love and blessings too. In Jesus precious name we pray, AMEN.
今天我们所拥有的都是托付给我们的，暂借给我们的，是给我们的祝福，以致我们可以做主要我们在这里做的事。有一天，我们都需要站在主人面前，对所托付给我们的一切向主人交账。愿我们都像保罗一样，可以无愧地说： “那美好的仗我已经打过了，当跑的路我已经跑尽了，该信的道我已经守住了。从此以后，有公义的冠冕为我存留，就是按着公义审判的主到了那日要赐给我的，不但赐给我，也赐给凡爱慕他显现的人。”【提后4:7-8】。 我们都准备好迎接那一天了吗？
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