I’ve been on a mission lately to try and share my faith with as many people as I can on a daily basis. Not to try and push my beliefs on anyone, but just to try and be a good example of the love of Jesus Christ.
In doing this I’ve had numerous people tell me things along the line of, I’m not a Christian but I try and treat people the way I want to be treated. Or, I was saved a long time ago, I don’t go to church or anything but I have my own sort of thing goin with God. Or, yeah, Jesus was a good guy, he had good principals. Or even, yeah I go to church, so I’m saved. Basically lots of people are very willing to admit that they KNOW Jesus in some form or fashion, and they want it to be known that they are good people. And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a good person, or trying to live a good life. Those are both awesome things!! Let the record show, I am for these things… Haha
However, I wonder how many of us actually know there is more to it than that? Once you KNOW Jesus or even know ABOUT him, you now have a choice to make… 1. Serve Him. Or 2. Don’t. There really is no in between.
Now I’m not trying to say everyone needs to be a preacher once they know Jesus, or you have to become a missionary now… Nothing like that. But decisions have to be made and there should be a conscious effort on your part to do something with the knowledge you have about how truly amazing Jesus is.
Let’s take the story Jesus tells in Luke 19:12-27 for example. I want to post the text but it’s extremely long. So I will just give you the story in my words but I encourage you to read it on your own as well.
Jesus is basically telling a story to explain that he will be going away to heaven to be crowned but will then be coming back for us. But he has a job for us to do in the meantime. So in the story a man is going off to be crowned and prepare to rule the country. Before he leaves he calls his servants to him and gives them each a coin and tells them they are in charge of that till he comes back. As soon as he leaves, a bunch of people in the city try and make a petition to not let him become the ruler because they hate him…. Finally the man comes back, crowned and ready to rule the country. He calls his servants that he gave the coins to and has them come back.
The first servant comes to him and says, here I’ve doubled what you left me in charge of! And the man says good job! For that I will put you in charge of 10 cities! Then the second servant come and says, here, I’ve gained a 50% increase on what you left me in charge of! And the man says, good job! For that I will put you in charge of 5 cities! Then the third servant comes and says, I know how you are about your things so I hid your money while you were gone and kept it safe for you. Here it is, exactly what you left me with. This made the man angry and he said, if you really knew me, then why wouldn’t you have at least put this in the bank so it would have at least made a little interest!? Then he takes away what he had given him and gave it to the servant who had doubled what he was in charge of. The people who were around were like, he already has a bunch,why give him more? And the man says, to those who use well what they have been given, will be given even more. And those who do nothing with what they are given, even the little they have will be taken away. Then he address all those who tried and petition for him not to be in charge and he has them all removed/killed… Depends on what version you read….
Anyway, this story is essentially a very plain and simple vision of what we are expected to do and what will be our reward for doing it.
Jesus was obviously the man going off to be crowned. Meaning he’s going to heaven but will be back soon. We, as Christians, who claim we know Jesus are the servants. The coins he gives us are an example of the work he wants us to do. Meaning, he has given us something very valuable and he wants us to make the most of it and increase what he has put us in charge of. Then lastly the people who hated him are the representation of the people who choose to deny or not follow Jesus.
So God is giving us these coins. He is giving us a job to share with the world the amazing, valuable, unbelievable love of Jesus. And one day he’s going to return for us. And he will ask us, what did you do with what I gave you?
If you look at your life right now, from the moment you decided to serve Jesus till today…. What have you done with that investment? Have you shared it? Have you helped grow God’s Kingdom? Have you shown love to those who Seemingly don’t deserve your love?
I don’t know about you, but on the day Jesus asks me what I did, I do not want to reply that I hid his love away. That I kept it all to myself. I want to come running to him, happy to show him what I did! And again, it’s not about being a minister or a missionary. It’s as easy as helping someone who needs help, praying with someone who needs prayer, loving someone who feels unloved, inviting someone to church…. Its all very basic and it’s all very easy, but I think sometimes we get to busy, or feel to uncomfortable, and we let these moments and opportunities slip right past us.
So today I want you to remember what Jesus said, to those who use well what they have been given, will be given even more. The more you do for others, the more God wants to do for you! On earth and in heaven! God will most definitely bless you now for the work you are doing, but you’re also storing up rewards in heaven!!
And also remember the flip side, And those who do nothing with what they are given, even the little they have will be taken away. I can’t pretend to know the full extent to that statement, but I also don’t want to find out. I know that when God can trust us with little, he will give us a whole lot!! So only makes since that if he can’t trust you at all, it can easily be taken away.
I’m not into Christian scare tactics to lead people to Jesus. I’m just all about loving people and showing them they don’t need to change they just need to meet my amazing God. So don’t think I’m saying all that to scare you into telling people about Jesus. What I’m Actually trying to do is get you to focus on the awesome blessings God has for you for doing something that’s extremely easy and that you should want to do anyway!!!
I want to encourage you all today, to show someone how amazing Jesus is! In whatever way that is for you!! Because I know for a fact, that blessing someone else’s day, will actually bless yours even more! And not to mention, God will be so pleased with even the smallest of actions, and I love to please the God who gave everything so that I could be free and saved forever! Amen!!
God is good, oh so good!