Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 18)
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, 'Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him...'
So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf...
Exodus 32:1-4 (NKJV) *
(The Parable of the Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant)
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:45-51 (NKJV)
For forty days, Moses left the children of Israel. He was on a mountain with God, and they didn't know when he would return. They grew impatient and wanted to move on without him.
They decided to follow different gods: the ones they had known in Egypt. Even Aaron the priest, the brother of Moses, fell to the people's demand. He made an idol.
For almost 2000 years, Jesus has left us on earth. He is in Heaven with God, and we don't know when He will return. Many of us have grown impatient and want to move on without Him.
We decided to follow different gods: the ones we see in media. Some of our leaders, even famous pastors, have fallen to the people's demands. They worship both God and American idols.** But 'No man can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24).
In today's Parable, wise servants feed the household in their master's absence. Consider also: in His resurrected Body, Jesus asked Peter, 'Do you love Me?' three times (John 21:15,16,17). Then He gave Peter three jobs: 'Feed My lambs (v.15), 'Tend My sheep' (v.16), and 'Feed My sheep' (v.17).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: people are starving. They've been fed watered down versions of the truth--but the Substance is missing. To fill the void, they buy into idols. But 'The things they treasure are worthless' (Isaiah 44:9). They 'Spend money on what is not bread' (Isaiah 55:2).
Don't sit at their tables. Even better, set your own tables. Give a feast. Invite everyone. Because you carry the Truth, which is the Bread of Life. In your Master's absence, be wise servants. By way of media...
'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in... the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind... Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in' (Luke 14:21-23). Compel them by your talent, by your joy--and by your desire to share in the fullness of God.
To Be Continued...
* The Gold Calf, Exodus 32: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+32
** Prior AMTC Devotion Series, American Idols: http://www.amtcdevotions.com/american-idols-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.