Sowing & Reaping (Part 4)
S & R: A Lord's Right
Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
Matthew 25:24-25 (NKJV)
I believe the Parable of the Talents (see Matthew 25:14-30) holds two horn-blowing messages for God's performers in today's entertainment industry.
1) Your talent belongs to God. It is a valuable gift, and He expects a return on His investment. How can you multiply His talents? By investing them in the world--both for His glory and for His revelation through you to those who are lost, 'For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost' (Matthew 18:11). Burying His talent is an insult to God and a waste of His precious gift. 'Hoarding' is not an option.
2) God is reaping where He has not sown. He is using the ground-breaking network of the World Wide Web. He didn't sow this field, but vast amounts of manpower and resources have been spent on it. By whom? The enemy. How? Through the temptations of money, fame, and power. Why entertainment? To enchant God's people with the most overwhelming image-driven propaganda machine the world has ever known.
What is God reaping? The souls of His beloved children by the millions. His ambassadors are actors, models, and talent for Christ.
Why is He reaping where He did not sow? Because God owns everything, and it is His right to take possession at any time. He is a God of justice, and justice will be served.
'Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, the vats overflow-For their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision' (Joel 3:13-14).
To Be Continued...