Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Doing What We Know We Should Do

     Have you ever wondered what we should be doing until the Lord returns?  It is a question most of us have asked ourselves.  We have all been given gifts, talents and abilities to use for His glory but sometimes, we do not always follow through on our responsibility to God or others.   

  In reading scripture today, I came across a parable which Jesus told to both the people gathered around Him and also to His disciples (Luke 12:41-48).  Peter wasn't clear whether the parable was meant  for the crowds or disciples.  However, in the story, the Lord made it known what we are to be doing when He returns.  He spoke these words:  "...Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions" (vs. 42-44).  By contrast, Jesus also describes the servant who wastes his time thinking the master will not come for a while:  "....the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes...for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more" (vs. 46-48).

     Within these contrasting pictures, we see two types of people.  One is ready and able to do what the Lord has assigned to him.  The other is slacking in responsibility.  James adds even more to the Lord's admonition in his letter when he writes:  "To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).  This speaks of accountability and responsibility of the believer.  Probably the best illustration of this concept is found in our own homes.  We ask our children to carry out a chore and how to behave in the context of our home life.  Many times, they ignore what we have asked them to do or they put it off as long as they can.  As adults, we are often no different. We know what we should or should not do before the Lord.  We know we should not gossip, tell lies, cheat, steal and many other things which cause us to live ungodly lives.  Yet, we often do just those things, and what if the Lord returns to find us unprepared for His arrival?

     Only, with the power and help of the Holy Spirit in our lives can we be overcomers living for the glory of the Lord.  Nevertheless, we must also desire in our hearts and purpose to live for Jesus as if at any time He will return.  We need to be about what He has called us to do whether it is being a homemaker, a laborer, a secretary, or a volunteer.  Today is the day to start living like He will come any moment.  We need to ask ourselves these questions:  Are you hiding a talent?  Are you neglecting to write, email or call someone that God has put upon your heart?  Are you wasting time or procrastinating about something that the Lord has called you to do?  We need to examine our hearts honestly before our Master.  His burden is easy and His yoke is light.  We only need to be faithful in our call.  Let us be doers of the Word and not hearers only.  Let us be swift to obey and serve our Lord so we may not be found wanting in our service before our God.  Selah!

I welcome your thoughts on this subject.  Please feel free to share your comments here as they serve to encourage me and others who read.  Blessings!

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