Matthew

The Invitation

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This illustrates the free offer of the gospel, which is extended to all indiscriminately.  See also Revelation 22:17.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 22:9.

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Immeasurable blessings

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The recipients of divine grace inherit immeasurable blessings in addition to eternal life and the favor of God.  But those who despise the riches of God’s goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering (Romans 2:4), burying them in the ground and clinging instead to the paltry and transient goods of this world, will ultimately lose everything they have.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 25:29.

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The first priority

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The Scriptures contain many cautionary examples of men and women who had misplaced priorities.  Often, these are the otherwise godly people who had a momentary lapse.  This should give every believer pause to consider the importance of taking captive detrimental thoughts and desires.

For good purposes or bad, we set priorities in one of three ways:  by evaluating which things ought to carry the most importance; by succumbing to pressure and letting people or circumstances dictate how we should prioritize; or by drifting into habits and modes of thinking that become a way of life.  Wise believers will certainly want to avoid the drifting option, as this approach accompanies a life that feels meaningless.  And priorities ought to be in place before we face trying circumstances and people – in that way, we can be steadfast in our commitment.  The only viable choice, then, is to prioritize deliberately.  We do so by setting a goal to live in accordance with God’s purpose and plan.

The priorities we choose are determined by what we value.  Sometimes, though, prioritizing can be frustrating since there are so many distractions diverting our focus.

If we consider a right relationship with God to be of utmost importance, then we will put first those actions and thoughts that strengthen our connection with Him.  We need to be disciplined in following our goals, because living purposefully is rarely easy.  However, the good news is that God knows our heart, and He will honor our sincere attempts to put Him first.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 18, 2018.