ON THE WAY TO JERUSALEM…

Luke and the Lost

On the way to someone’s house for the first time, we would relate some scenarios of how we expected our children to behave. Have you ever done that? Directives such as “If they put out your favorite food, don’t take big helpings, just small ones until everyone has been served.” And…”Don’t be first and don’t grab.” “Be polite at all times”. “If they ask you a question, it would be good to answer.” “If their kids ask you to play, share.” Many things are told on the way to the destination.

Jesus tells yet another story of expectations of God’s Kingdom come as He heads straight to Jerusalem for his final destination on earth. This is an interesting story of investments. What are we investing most of our time, effort, money, talents and gifts in…or Who? Are we holding what we know about salvation and transformation close to ourselves, not willing to risk telling someone else?

Luke 19, The Message
The Story About Investment
11 While he had their attention, and because they were getting close to Jerusalem by this time and expectation was building that God’s kingdom would appear any minute, he told this story:

12-13 “There was once a man descended from a royal house who needed to make a long trip back to headquarters to get authorization for his rule and then return. But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, ‘Operate with this until I return.’

14 “But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: ‘We don’t want this man to rule us.’

15 “When he came back bringing the authorization of his rule, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done.

16 “The first said, ‘Master, I doubled your money.’

17 “He said, ‘Good servant! Great work! Because you’ve been trustworthy in this small job, I’m making you governor of ten towns.’

18 “The second said, ‘Master, I made a fifty percent profit on your money.’

19 “He said, ‘I’m putting you in charge of five towns.’

20-21 “The next servant said, ‘Master, here’s your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don’t suffer fools gladly.’

22-23 “He said, ‘You’re right that I don’t suffer fools gladly—and you’ve acted the fool! Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’

24 “Then he said to those standing there, ‘Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.’

25 “They said, ‘But Master, he already has double . . .’

26 “He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.

27 “‘As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don’t want to see their faces around here again.’”

Self evaluation: Are we playing it safe or are we willing to risk it all for the Master?

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Dear Heavenly Father, As I think about your investment story, I repent of spending too much time and effort on the temporary things of this life. We are so easily distracted by the “investments” of the world. Help us to really focus on You and the risks You ask to take, knowing full well You will be there with us to carry us through to the end and then forever. You are worth all the risk! You are worth giving up this life for life eternal! Have Your way with me. In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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