Day: July 8, 2016

I Must Be

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I: self, the one speaking or writing

must: something that has to be done; something that is necessary or very important; required, compelled

be: exist; occupy a position; arise

Jesus and his parents celebrated the Passover every year in Jerusalem.  One year as his parents were leaving to return to Nazareth, they thought Jesus was with them, but he stayed behind.  After three days, they finally found him sitting in the temple among teachers, listening and asking questions.   When his mother told him that they were searching for him, Jesus asked, Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business? 

At the age of 12, Jesus understood ‘the business’ and when he began his ministry, he chose twelve businessmen (physician, tax collector, fishermen).  So it’s not surprising that when Jesus was talking to his disciples about true discipleship, he used words that they would understand – profit and loss.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  

In terms of business, profit means a financial gain.  It is the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent.  It is what you have left after  all the expenses are paid. In other words, there should be a return on your investment.  This is the reason why the man who traveled to a far country got angry with one of his servants.  He was going away and left his servants in charge of what he owned.  He trusted them with his business.  He assigned to one servant five talents, another two talents and another one talent.  He knew them that labored among him and he gave them according to their ability.  He knew what they were capable of.  He knew what they could do with what he had given them.  Two of the servants obeyed and worked while their master was away, but the third servant hid his lord’s money in the ground.  His lord was gone for a long time (Matthew 25:19), which means he was given enough time to use what he was given, but he didn’t use his time wisely.

When the man returned, each servant had to give an account of what they did with what they were given.  The servants that were given five and two talents made a profit.  They took what they had and gained more than what they started out with.  This brought their lord joy.  He then promoted them and gave them more  responsibilities because they proved that they could be trusted with a  few  things.  The servant who had less than the other two (one talent) only gave his master excuses (vs 24-25) and as he was speaking, he revealed what he really thought about his lord.  First of all, I don’t think he really liked him because he was a ‘hard man’.  (Sometimes you need someone who’s going to be hard on you).  Also, he didn’t serve out of love. You obey those who you love and there has to be a level of trust because you will never submit to what you don’t trust.  I don’t know how many years he had been serving, but in the end he proved himself to be unprofitable, wicked and lazy.  He was entrusted with something that was valuable, but because he didn’t treat it as such, that which was given to him was now given to someone else.  What a loss.

When you look at the life of Jesus, He did more in three years than some of us have done in the 20, 30 or 40-something years God has given us.  The reason is because he didn’t refuse to learn, he didn’t refuse to grow and he was obedient (Luke 2:46, 51-52) – and many have benefited and profited because of what He did.

There is nothing wrong with wanting nice things, there is nothing wrong with wanting better and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be successful, but the problem is we’re trying to have success without God and that’s not success.  That’s failure.  The Lord knows what things you have need of before you ask Him.  If you would use what God has given you, you will not want for anything.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you  (Matthew 6:33).

Think about all the things you are trying to obtain.  Count the cost.  Count the time you’ve wasted.  What will you lose trying to gain these things?  After spending precious time getting everything you want, what will you have left?  What will remain?  What benefit would it be to anyone for you to get everything you want only to lose you?  The Lord has need of you and you are more valuable than the things you are seeking after.

I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ  (Philippians 3:8, AMP).

We must be  about our Father’s business and not just talk about it.  We are here on the earth to be the light.  The devil wants you to be a light put under a bushel, but God doesn’t want you to hide or bury what He has given you.  We are to let our light shine before men that they may see good works and in turn glorify God.  The people have already heard. Now it’s time for them to see the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed (incurable diseases), the deaf hear, and the dead raised.

Let us be people who value his/her blessings and gifts from God and use them wisely.  When we do these things, we will be given more, but the person who does nothing with what God has given him, even the little that he does have will be taken away from him.

May we all be good and faithful servants.