“Sin is not simply making bad choices or mistakes. Sin is having the desire in our hearts to do the will of the enemy of God.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant!…You ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.” Matthew 25:25-28
The Savior calls attention to two kinds of servants, and alludes to a third: He discusses faithful and unfaithful servants and closes by suggesting that the unfaithful servant could have “invested My money with the banker.” Many Christians fit the description of this third option. They are willing to invest if someone will do it for them. For example, you ask a friend to come to a meeting and he does; but when the meeting is over he does nothing more. You invite him to a Bible study and again he joins and does nothing more. He will become involved if you drag him with you, but he will take no initiative.
The faithful steward takes initiative and assumes ownership. He doesn’t wait for others to tell him what to do. He prayerfully analyzes his options and by faith exploits those he feels best serve the cause of Christ. A self-starter, he doesn’t need the prodding and cajoling of others to motivate him.
At the local high school assembly, recruiters from the various branches of the armed forces presented to the student body the benefits attached to joining them. The Army, Navy, and Air Force representatives, each in their turn, presented a picture of job security, training, travel, and advancement. The last to speak, the Marine recruiter, came to the microphone and said, “In an audience this size there may be two or three men that qualify for the Marine Corps. At the end of the meeting, I would like to talk with them,” and he sat down. When dismissed, students flocked around the Marine.
God still seeks faithful servants who are not content with allowing others to invest their lives for them, but rather are willing to pay the price to be all God desires of them. Are you such a person?
1 Kings 8-9 Luke 21:1-19 (New King James Version)
1 Kings 8-9
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