Life’s Journey: If Life could be described as a journey and you were asked to ‘rate that journey’ on a scale of one to 100…. Where in that journey would you be… today? Would you be a 25, 55, 70, or 85?
Life’s journey…as described in this scenario… would include one’s self, spouse, family, friends, our career, social life, our Country, and Our God….all co-mingled together…all with their individual challenges… uplifts, and down drafts.
When God created… each of us, in His Image…He gave some of us “very little” to carry this journey to its conclusion…but, EXACTLY enough. And to other’s… He will give a ‘whole lot’…but EXACTLY enough. To those that He gives much, He will expect much MORE, in return. To those receiving little…well, He will expect little… in return. It will be up to each of us to recognize, and determine… exactly what God has given us, so that we can return to Him accordingly.
Luke 12:48 tells us…. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” On average, when we think about it… “To whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have. If we are blessed with ‘just a certain amount’ of talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and those other gifts that God has entrusted us with. It is expected that we use these gifts… such that we glorify God and benefit others. To LOVE God, and to LOVE others.
To put this text… more into context, Jesus had just told a parable about being ready for His return. His disciple… Peter asked Jesus… if the parable was for just them or for everyone. Jesus responded with another parable in which He defines the “faithful and wise manager” as one who gives out food and other allowances “at the proper time.” When the master returns and finds the faithful servant managing his resources well, he “put him in charge of all his possessions” (Luke 12:42–44). Each of us have been entrusted with certain gifts, and therefore… faithfulness to God… requires that we organize and manage those gifts…both… wisely, fruit-bearing, and unselfishly?
Are we AWARE of our GIFTS? Do we know how to apply our Gifts along this journey? If we HOARD our gifts, saving them for ourselves… or a rainy day, then, we are MISS-USINGS God’s Gifts…such that we put our REWARD at RISK.
If we have rated our journey in that high-end range…we are playing a ‘time-game’ that might back-fire. What’s the old-saying? ‘Time’s-a-wasting.’
God Bless you on your journey…cjlb…6/17/2017