Read Luke 12:35-59
You just can’t beat a good clean mystery. Miss Marple, Piorot – there’s just something about locking your brain with theirs and reading all the clues to unravel the seemingly unexplainable and unsolvable mystery. Their detective minds are amazing. But in my mind there is no greater super sleuth than Sherlock Holmes. Just about everyone is familiar with Sherlock Holmes, his faithful companion Dr. Watson, and his keen power of observation that has solved countless crimes. Yet few of us know that Holmes thought deduction and observation were even more necessary in religion. Tucked away in his mystery entitled, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty," Holmes is found studying a rose. Dr. Watson narrates:
"He walked past the couch to an open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. 'There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion,' said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. ... 'Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are really necessary for our existence. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras.'"
An interesting deduction from a fictional, yet scientific mind. It is only goodness that gives extras. And we know that goodness comes only from God.
As we're reading in this last portion of Luke chapter 12, we find Jesus having a discussion with the disciples and others, explaining to them His imminent second coming and the importance of being found faithful with God's blessings at that time. God has blessed us with much, and He will hold us accountable for what we do with those blessings. Nowhere is this more evident than in verse 48 of chapter 12.
"Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given." Luke 12:48b
Exactly what is Jesus talking about here? I believe His words are speaking of individual talents or gifts from God, and of our need to be faithful with them. But what if I don't see myself as particularly “gifted?” Does that mean the Creator's expectation level for me is low? Of course not. Even though I may not feel like I have a lot to offer, I know for a fact that I have been given much. The undeserved Grace of God, shown in the sacrificial love of the Son, is by far the greatest gift any of us could possess. And so the question then becomes, "How faithful are we with this Supreme Gift?"
Like the rose, my life should be a beautiful fragrance of God's goodness from within. My countenance an embellishment of the very Source of Life, ultimately coloring my life with His beauty. It is for this that I will be held responsible… allowing God's goodness to be evident in every part of my life.
How about you? What fragrance lingers around your life? As you daily invite God's Spirit in, your countenance will clearly begin to radiate with God's goodness, clearly pointing back to the Creator.
And even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t come up with a better deduction than that.