Archive for February 14th, 2008

Luke 19

Jesus continues teaching in Luke 19 by telling the story of the ruler who gives three of his servants some money to handle while he is gone.  Upon his return, the first servant comes back and tells the master he has doubled his funds.  Well done and given rule over 10 towns.  The second comes back and has created a 50% profit for the master.  Good job and given rule over 5 towns.  The third was a very cautious and fearful man.  He came and returned the money to the master.  Bad decision by this servant.  The master takes the money from him and gives it to the man who doubled it.  People were upset but Jesus gives us this truth to live by: “Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag”.  The master was pleased with the results of the two who worked to generate more with what they were given.  He was displeased with the one who sat on what he had.  I believe this applies to a lot more than money for us as Christ followers.  We have been entrusted with a lot of different things – talents, gifts, relationships, jobs, companies, children, spouses, churches, small groups – the list goes on and on.  God has called us to be good stewards of everything He has entrusted to us.  To make these things really generate results we have to be willing to take risks.  We have to get out of the seat and do something.  We can’t just bury them like the last servant and think for a minute that God will be pleased.  We have been entrusted with much, and from us much will be expected.  Are you a risk taker?  Are you willing to get out there and do things for the Lord with what He has given you as a steward?  I believe this is one area that all of us need to step up.  We need to take inventory of all the wonderful things that God has placed in our care or equipped us with and then seek His guidance on how to make all those things grow and become what He desires.  We have to take action folks.  We cannot be content sitting on our gift of service or administration or mercy or prophecy.  God gave us gifts and entrusted us with many things to be put into ACTION to further His kingdom.  He allows us to be in many relationships so we can INVEST in people and make a difference.  He has given some of us companies to LEAD so we can glorify Him.  There are so many things we need to consider in regard to this parable today.  I for one do not want to stand before God at the gates of heaven and try to convince Him that my lack of action – “play it safe” – was the way He desired for me to live.  It is not and I need to get after it.  The world is run by those who show up.  God desires us to be those people.  He wants us to take what He has entrusted to us and be wise stewards, caring for and growing it every day.  Are you doing that?  Will you hear the words well done when you are rated on how you cared for the investment God made in your life?

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