"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”
O Beloved, our Father wants us to be “awakened” to our stewardship. He doesn’t want us to squander away what we have because we’ve given no thought to the account we will one day give to God. In Luke 19, verses 13 through 15, Jesus depicts himself as the “nobleman” who went away; however the parable makes it clear: He will return; and when He does, there will be an accounting for what He gave His followers. Let’s finish this parable from Luke 19…
Do you get the picture? What you sow, you reap! You are rewarded according to your faithfulness, your stewardship. Did you notice how a man can reason his way into excuses and yet how easily God can fault the bad reasoning? You can make excuses, but they won’t hold with Him! God is never “hoodwinked.” We are accountable, and the quicker we realize it and do something about it, the better off we will be.
Do you see the difference here between the reasoning of man and the actions of God? Even the bystanders are protesting! This sounds so much like today, doesn’t it? “Treat us equally, don’t differentiate! Be fair! Let the man who produced nothing with his mina — who wouldn’t so much as take a trip to the bank to deposit it so it would earn interest — keep his mina!” There’s no responsibility, no accountability at all in this protest.
Is the protest even fair? Of course not! The slaves that gained “ten more” and “five more” minas beyond the original ones they were given made 1000% and 500% returns on investment (ROI), respectively, the worthless slave...zero. Who deserves to be rewarded, and who should get the greater rewards? Jesus lets us know, doesn’t He? It’s the servants who are the most productive.
Now don’t apply this to yourself with the rationalization, “Oh well, as long as I get something, I’ll be content.” Oh no, Beloved, not when you’re standing before Jesus who gave His all!
Listen to what Jesus says,
26 “I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.”
This is something worth serious consideration, isn’t it? And it’s a “NOW” — not tomorrow — consideration because our days are numbered on this earth and we don’t know the number! Those who don’t produce at all have even their original investments taken away. Those who do produce are made rulers over cities (see vv. 17, 19 above).
Revelation 22:12 tells us that when Jesus returns, His reward will be with Him to give to everyone according to their deeds. With current-day events progressing as they are, it ought to be our wake-up call. Don’t delay, my friend. The sooner you begin building God’s eternal kingdom rather than the one you can’t hold on to, the sooner you’ll be building your reward and the greater will be God’s pleasure when He gives it to you.
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The Romans Series begins March 17, 2014.Learn about the righteousness of God and understand the bondage of sin in Paul’s life-changing letter to the Romans. Study how God’s solution to man’s sinful dilemma through justification by faith in Jesus and the free gift of grace. Understanding these essential doctrines will strengthen your faith!
I’ll never forget his face—the gravity of words haltingly spoken from one so young. He was just a child, yet shouldering the blame of being unaccepted, unwanted, rejected by both his birth parents and numerous foster parents who kept sending him back. “It was my fault they didn’t want me. I guess I just didn’t know how to be good.”
I will never forget my first Christmas as a Christian. I was 29 years old. Before then I was hopelessly lost. Raised in the church, I had a religion but not a relationship. Raised to be moral, in my disillusionment and loneliness I became immoral. I actually raised my fist, cursed God and said, “I am going to find someone to love me.”
Where do you turn when you’re in distress? Where do you run when you’re troubled? Or seek counsel when you’re gripped with worry?
Last time, we read that beautiful, touching and oh so desirable commendation found in Matthew chapter 3 verse 17 where the Father said, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” We talked about those precious words coming to Christ before He began His formal ministry. How could this be?