My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, January 12, 2012
What are you doing with what you have?
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward,
whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their
rations at the proper time?
(Luke 12:42 NASB)
“Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
(Luke 12:43 NASB)
“And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
(Luke 12:47 NASB)
but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy
of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given
much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him
they will ask all the more.
(Luke 12:48 NASB)
We expect to hear harsh criticism from Jesus for those who live a
sinful life, and yet, it seems that some of his greatest concern is for
those who would call themselves followers of God. Jesus is looking for
good and faithful stewards; those who will take responsibility in his
kingdom. We are called to be God's responsible stewards here on this
earth. We are servants of the Master and our responsibility is to work
for him each and every single day. Jesus' frustration and criticism
wasn't the harshest for those who were away from God and walking in sin,
but rather, for those who knew that they were stewards and didn't do
their jobs. The stewards had been entrusted with much, and Jesus was
wondering what they would do with all that he had given them.
Many years ago I was deboarding a plane in Frankfurt, Germany. The
flight had originated in Moscow. In the jetway there were border
control agents to greet our flight. As we walked down the jetway we
were to show our passports. We weren't even going to get off that plane
if we didn't have the right documentation. I looked around and saw the
fear in others' eyes. I felt a bit guilty. I had one of the enviable
blue passports. While others' documents were scrutinized and the line
grew longer, all I had to do was hold up my US passport and I was waved
off of the plane. I almost felt ashamed that others were being treated
in a rather undignified manner and I could simply walk free because I
had a particular passport. What did I do to deserve that passport?
Absolutely nothing! I was simply born, not even in the United States,
but to two individuals who were US Citizens. That day I began to
realize that I had been given resources within the kingdom through no
effort of my own and that with those resources came great
Just because I was born a citizen of a particular country I have had
privileges that others would love to enjoy. I have been blessed with
enough food, a good education, a life without war and the freedom to
work and make money. But it was that day in that airport that I
realized that I had not been blessed for myself, but the only reason I
had the privilege of these resources was because I was God's steward. I
only had access to these resources because I was to care for them --
because they were his resources. We must recognize that everything we
have in this world is simply his and we are only given the opportunity
of utilizing the resources to make a difference. What would Jesus do
with all that we have?
Thank God for the blessings that you have in your life, but realize
that they are given to you for his purposes. Ask yourself on a daily
basis whether you are being a good steward of the things he has placed
into your possession and serve him faithfully. Jesus' greatest
disappointment is with those who call themselves his servants and then
do not faithfully care for what he has given them. Sobering thought!
Lord, thanks for reminding me today that everything is from you.
Please, help me to be a responsible servant in your kingdom. Amen.