Friday, June 18, 2010
For Heaven's Sake
" ‘Well done!' the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.' "
Jesus told a story about a king who was going to leave and then return later, so he instructed his servants to invest a sum of money he had entrusted to them while he was away. These servants fit into one of three categories: the super faithful, the less faithful, and the unfaithful.
The super faithful, the less faithful, and the unfaithful all received the equivalent of 100 days of wages for a laborer. We are not told how the super faithful servant was able to make ten times as much as the others, but he seemed to have no limitations whatsoever. He just went for it, and he achieved. The less faithful servant went for it as well, but was more conservative. Yet he is still to be commended. However, the unfaithful servant not only was unproductive, but also had the audacity to blame his master for his shortcomings.
Today there are people in the church like these servants. Some take risks for the kingdom of God and accomplish great things for Him. Others are more conservative and more cautious in their service. Still others have a faulty concept of who God is. They think He is unfair and demanding, and they are motivated more by fear than by love. They don't understand God as He is presented in Scripture. Yet our primary motive for serving God should be love. As the apostle Paul said, "Christ's love controls us" (see 2 Corinthians 5:14).
The fact is that some Christians are setting the world on fire while others are still looking for a match. If you don't have a purpose in life, then you will throw it away. So what is your purpose? What are you focused on? What are you doing with your life? What are you doing for heaven's sake?
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