Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Luke, chapter 16

I wanted tot hank Micah for last week’s impromptu discussion. It really made me look at the question of mercy and worthiness at a different angle. I thought about it quite a bit the past few days while I was out of town. In his final comment, Micah had a good point in that all things are created for the Son rather than for us. We are still loved by God, but that love is clarified through the works of the Son.

We see an example of that as we continue with Luke 16. In it, we are reminded of our spiritual responsibility with what God gives us. In the parable of the shrewd manager Jesus reminds us that even when we are given a small amount we must still be responsible and manage it will. If we cannot manage even these small responsibilities we will never be trusted with larger ones.

10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? – Luke 16:10-12

This is important because we each have our own responsibilities in God’s kingdom. Some are given to teach. Others are given to serve. Still others are given to evangelize. It doesn’t what our responsibilities are, however. It is more important that we strive to discover what they are and fulfill those responsibilities. If we don’t we are not serving our sacred duty.

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