Dear Church Family,

The composer Johannes Brahms once said regarding composing music - “It is not hard to compose, but it is wonderfully hard to let the superfluous notes fall under the table.” 

I often find the same when composing a sermon - one of the skills of the preacher is knowing what to leave out as well as knowing what to put in. However, sometimes it is good to share the ‘superfluous notes’ that might be of blessing. 

This last Sunday evening we were thinking about the parable of the bags of gold and an interesting thought came to me which I found to be a blessing. In the parable of the talents we see the master entrusting the servants with bags of gold to put to work on his behalf. We saw that this is what God does with us - he is our master who has entrusted us with resources to use for him in his Kingdom. But do you ever wonder at the fact that God would entrust us with his resources? 

In Matthew’s gospel we read another parable about bags of gold. It is found in Matthew 18 - in this parable (the unmerciful servant), the master loans a servant 10,000 bags of gold. This is an unfathomable amount of money (remember one bag of gold is 20-25 years wages so 10,000 is 200,000 or more years wages!!). And when this man asks for mercy the master forgives him of the debt. The main point of this parable is how we should forgive others their debts to us, which are tiny in comparison to how God has forgiven us. But in the parable in Matthew 18, we are the ones who have been forgiven a debt 10,000 bags of gold. 

With that in mind ask yourself again, why would God entrust us with his resources? It is like a bank lending vast sums of money to someone who has just been declared bankrupt for not paying that same bank back - crazy! But that is what God does for us - he forgives us a huge debt, gives us a clean slate, and then entrusts us with more resources to use for him. Resources which are given to us for his glory and for our joy.

However, God is not entrusting us with resources to use in our own power and wisdom. He is entrusting them to us as people not only forgiven of our debts but empowered by the Holy Spirit who is working in us to accomplish God’s will, a work that God will complete (Philippians 1:6).

But nevertheless, let us not cease to be amazed at the wonder of the fact that God wants to use bankrupt people like us to do work in his glorious kingdom. May this inspire us to use these resources well, with thankful hearts, to the glory of his name. What an amazing blessing to be in the Kingdom of God.

May thinking on this ‘superfluous note’ bless you as it has blessed me.

With love,