Friday, June 19th, 2015
Giving (Part 10)
He spoke a parable to them, saying: 'The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater...' '
Luke 12:16-18 (NKJV)*
Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master... Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching... But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants...
Luke 12:35-37,45 (NKJV)*
In the Book of Luke, Jesus compares poor believers to rich businessmen: how the lesser will win in the end. The guy who had it all lost track of time and duty. His destiny? A sudden encounter and sweeping eviction. 'So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God' (Luke 12:21).
In his second Letter to the Corinthians, Paul compares poor Philippians to rich Corinthians: how the lesser out-gave the greater. The guys who had it all planned a nice gift, but apparently procrastinated. Paul's response? 'But now you must also complete the doing of it' (2 Corinthians 8:11).**
In the American church, self-reflection is in order. Compared to poor Christians, we have it all: money, power, knowledge and freedom; bigger houses and better lifestyles. God's response? 'Fool!' (Luke 12:20). Because 'To whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
In The Parable of The Faithful and Evil Servant, the bad guy beat his fellow servants. Certainly, most Christians aren't bullies. But is beating the same as winning? Because to win in this world, we have to beat somebody.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider two things:
1) To rise in the entertainment industry, you must compete for roles. Paul talked a lot about winning, but his goal was Heaven and his foe was Satan. Same for you. Don't get so caught up in any race that you forget where you're going and who you're beating.
2) Give God prime time every day. Don't march to the enemy's beat and don't procrastinate. Be about your Father's business, 'Making the most of your time, because the days are evil' (Ephesians 5:16). 'Now is the acceptable time' (2 Corinthians 6:2) to do it.
To Be Continued...
* Two Parables in Luke, The Rich Fool and The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant, concern timing: the work, readiness and destinies of God's servants: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+12%3A13-56&version=NKJV
** 2 Corinthians 8-1-8: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+8%3A1-8&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Giving series.