Take Care How You Build
Sovereign Father, I trust in You. Without You, I cannot; without me, You will not. Once again, I surrender my love and loyalty to You.
Consider: "Work as though he will not be coming for a 1,000 years. Be ready as if he should come today" (Martin Luther, 1483-1546). Wise words from the seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.
The actress Helena Bonham Carter has described her attitude to life: "We're all going to die anyway: so what does it matter so long as you keep a sense of humor and have fun?" That's today's philosophy for many people. Jesus gives a very different perspective: live your life now in his service: responsibly, wholeheartedly, in the expectation that one day he will return. As Matthew 23-25 has reminded us, Christians might face the dangers of persecution, false prophets or international turmoil, but there is another danger that we face: apathy.
The story of the servants is familiar to us. They are entrusted with responsibilities of varying degrees and they are expected to act as good stewards, investing the resources wisely. When the Master returns, his condemnation is reserved for the servant who failed to understand his Master's character and his purposes. He acted out of fear (25). There are those today who claim to be disciples of the Master but who don't know him and who fail to invest their lives in his kingdom.
The passage is a direct call to wholehearted service. We must use our God-given gifts and opportunities for his purposes and his glory. One day we shall be tested. The quality of our building work will be assessed (1 Cor. 3:10-15), so we must take care of how we build. Jesus' language is heightened as he points to the inevitability of judgment (28-30). He could not be more direct about the consequences of failing to give our lives to him and his cause. Paul reminds us that each of us will give an account to God (Rom. 14:12).
Paul refers to our lives as buildings made of materials that will last and those that will be destroyed (1 Cor. 3:10-15). What aspects of your life need attention before that future judgment?
Sovereign Lord, You have entrusted so much to me. Think Your thoughts through me and speak Your truth through my words.
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