Read Matthew 25:14­-30 Our thoughts today about multiplying our money and our giving takes us to the 25th chapter of Matthew. We find Christ is answering questions from His disciples. The Q&A actually starts back in chapter 24. As always Christ answers and teaches through using parables- ­­a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth. In the parable of the talents a man is preparing to leave on an extended journey and calls his servants to him. To the three men he gives talents or money. The first man he gives 10 talents, the second he gives five talents and the last servant he gives one talent. It is implied that they are to use it in such a way that an increase is seen. They were to use the master’s money to bring an increase. The first two did as instructed. They used the talents and saw an increase to their investment. The third man did nothing with the talents. In fact, he hid it. Upon the master’s return he was excited to find two of his servants were obedient. They took what was given to them, used it, and saw it multiply. He found the third servant trying to put a spin on his disobedience. He used different excuses, but in the end, the master called him out. He was shown to be lazy and worthless. In 2 Corinthians 8, two churches were given the same things. The churches in Macedonia were giving of themselves and their abundance; even in poverty. The church in Corinth was doing very little. The very reason for Paul’s writing this letter was their going through the motions in their Christian lives. It’s time for us to look at our mentality regarding giving and money. Are we happy with what we have or are we wanting God to multiply our giving through our sacrifice? Reflect Are you like the first two servants who were obedient or do you associate with the third in the parable? Are you like those in Corinth doing as little as can or is your mentality like those in Macedonia? Realize today all we have is made available to us by God’s grace. All He wants is for us to take His gift and invest it for His plan to save a lost and dying world. This is God being God Through our obedience God multiplies His gift in our lives and in the lives of others. Pray As you pray ask God to deal with heart in regards to giving. Ask Him if are you giving enough. If money is tight, ask Him what can you do instead. Ask where you can get involved at C3. Most of all ask Him to help you realize your time, talent, and treasure is from Him. Now invest it! // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: 2 Timothy 1]]>