Thursday, October 16, 2014

Servant or Enemy of the King?

The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. (Luke 19:11 NLT) (whole story)

What we read this entire story about the kingdom of God, we learn several things.

Luke tells us right away (even before the story) that Jesus is trying to "correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away." So while the kingdom of God is near (Jesus says earlier), it's not fully present and won't be until after the cross and Jesus' second return.

Jesus then begins to show that covenant is a essential part of kingdom. We see that the servants in his kingdom have a relationship with him. They are entrusted, therefore, with kingdom responsibilities. Some invest and one does nothing (out of fear and foolishness). 

Kingdom Responsibility comes with Covenant Relationship. They are two sides of the same coin.

Those who invested and got a return on the king's money were blessed with a lot more responsibility, privilege and favor.

We learn that those who don't want the king to be their king will not enter into a covenant with them. Instead, they will receive his judgement. That judgement is they cannot be a part of his kingdom.

So what?

First, we learn that God entrusts responsibilities to his servants--his kingdom citizens. He gives them a mission and resources to carry out that mission. He expects those resources to be invested wisely in the mission. And he generously rewards those who do that well. 

For us this is everything that God has given us. It's our time, talent and treasure. What we spend these on and the results we get matter to God. He doesn't just bless us to make us happy. He blesses us to be a blessing by investing ourselves in the mission.

Note he also disciplined the one who had a relationship with him but did not invest the king's resources wisely. God disciplines his children.

Second, he punishes (even judges) those who reject a relationship with him. (the citizens who didn't want him to be their kin) Not having a covenant relationship with the king means you're his enemy. It's unwise to be an enemy of God. 

It's important that we evaluate our relationship (or lack thereof) with God, our Creator and King. If we are in that covenant relationship with him, our next step is to evaluate how faithful and fruitful we are being as his stewards. He's entrusted to us the responsibility to manage our God-given time, talent and treasure well. We're to join him in his holy search and rescue mission to follow Christ and lead others to do the same. 

How are you doing?

What is God saying to you?

What are you going to do about it?

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