Day 235 – Getting It “Right”
On: June 23, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ “ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ Luke 19:16-19
We hear about feedback from three of the servants in Jesus’ story. They all received the same: one mina – a gold coin worth about three months wages. The point, though, is not that we’re all the same – we all have different gifts. Instead, it presents a level playing field, so we can see what the servants did with what they had. As the saying goes: “It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you do with it that counts!” We see that the first two have done well. The first, extremely well.
Now, of course, the story is not actually about money; it is about the responsibility we take for using what we have. The prize, for those who showed they were good stewards was to be put in charge of whole cities.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10.
How well am I using my gifts? Have I been a good steward? What is the return? I find myself brought up short before I even start to think about how well or otherwise I have developed my singing voice, or exercised my administrative abilities, let alone how far up the ladder of success I may have climbed.
No, Looking back over the last few days, I need to review what counts as good stewardship. Is it me straining every sinew to achieve what I can? Or is it actually inviting Jesus into the nitty gritty detail of my everyday life and learning how to walk where he leads me?
I have grappled, over the years, with the oft heard phrase in Christian circles that all we need to do is to “Let go, and let God.” It seems to me, and to others whose views I have read, that this is an entirely inadequate perspective, as to walk with Jesus takes our best efforts, not just coasting through life muttering “Peace man, Jesus loves you”! A balance between God’s leading and our effort is needed. James described it as faith completed by deeds: You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. James 2:22
How do I get this balance right? My experience is that I have needed to invite Jesus into my daily decisions and listen to how and where He leads – being prepared for much confusion and discomfort along the way. I’m cautiously hopeful that I might have been getting it “right”, as I have found myself given greater responsibilities that have gradually brought together the different gifts God has given me. My cautious hope seems to supported by the master’s response in this parable. But I know I need more of Jesus and less of me if I am to be a truly effective servant of the King.
Lord Jesus, come fill me once again, indwell my whole bring, that I might learn what it is to live my life wholly for You. With all the world changing potential that holds. Amen.