Thursday, February 9th, 2012
You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.
Luke 19:21 (NKJV)
At first glance, the Lord in the Parable of Money Usage seems harsh--even unfair (see Luke 19:11-27). But God is perfectly fair. Since everything belongs to God and nothing to man, our Lord's assets will be distributed at His pleasure. He reveals part of His plan in His Word.
'The wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous' (Proverbs 13:22). 'I will consecrate their gain to the Lord' (Micah 4:13). 'To the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that He may give to one who is good in God's sight' (Ecclesiastes 2:26).
Recall that the Promised Land had cities, fields, homes, and tools already in place. With God's blessing, Joshua and the Israelites fought and took possession of a pre-existing infrastructure. His chosen people were allowed to reap what they did not sow through a divine redistribution of wealth.
But how do these scriptures relate to communication technology? Consider the billions of dollars paving today's information highway: media traveling instantly throughout the earth on invisible threads called the World Wide Web.
Why was so much spent? Because media moguls envisioned so much more to be made. Bad news and bad examples bring obscene profits.
But God can use all that. For His purposes.
Steve Jobs said, 'I want to put a ding in the universe.'
Jesus Christ said, 'And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations' (Matthew 24:14). Guess Who wins?
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: 'For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard' (Acts 22:15). How will such a massive witness occur?
Communication technology--built by the enemy--used by God.