A gardener for a large estate in northern Italy was conducting a visitor through the castle and the beautiful, well-groomed grounds. As the visitor had lunch with the gardener and his wife, he commended them for the beautiful way they were keeping the gardens. He asked, ‘By the way, when was the last time the owner was here? He said, ‘It was about ten years ago.’ The visitor asked, ‘Then why do you keep the gardens in such an immaculate, lovely manner?’ He said, ‘Because I’m expecting him to return.’ He persisted, ‘Is he coming next week?’ The gardener replied, ‘I don’t k now when he is coming, but I am expecting him today.’

In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus teaches us the parable of the talents.

A man travels to a far country and entrusts his goods to his stewards, each one according to his own ability to steward. Each steward was to multiply his master’s goods that had been entrusted to them.

Verse 19 tells us that “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh and reckoneth with them”. Reckoneth means to settle the accounts.

You remember what happens next; “he that received five talents brought other five talents” to which his master replied, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.”v.21

We will see our Master face to face, either at the end of our lives or when He returns for us. At that moment we will realize that there is no more time to share the Gospel, no chance to make up for lost opportunities to give or to feed the hungry; it will be time to give an account of all we have done, “whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10

Are you ready for the Master’s return? Are you being faithful to Him with the resources He has entrusted you with?

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand:” Romans 13:11-12a

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